Celebrate Mardi Gras with Delfeayo Marsalis and Uptown Jazz Orchestra! Since 2008, the Uptown Jazz Orchestra has been stretching the boundaries of what is expected from big bands, playing with an extraordinary sense of joy and fun that could only come from New Orleans. With influences from Louis Armstrong to Count Basie, James Brown to J. Cole, Delfeayo Marsalis and Uptown Jazz Orchestra performances help free the mind, warm the heart, and heal the soul.
UJO’s unique approach stems from Marsalis’s experiences performing with music legends Ray Charles, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, and Fats Domino. “The model of the band is that we can play music from any decade, with conviction and authority,” said Marsalis to the Santa Barbara Independent. “One minute you’re in the streets of New Orleans, the next at the Apollo, in a Mississippi juke joint or at a soulful church function. We’re definitely a feel-good band that focuses on entertaining folks from the first note to the last!”
As an acclaimed trombonist, composer, and producer, Delfeayo Marsalis has also dedicated his prolific career to music theatre and education. A member of the Marsalis family of musicians, including his father Ellis, the artist was destined to a life in music.