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Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra

Aug 11, Sunday - 4pm
Jay Paul Company Main Stage

Since its founding in 2007, Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra have grown into one of the premier large ensembles in the world, releasing three critically acclaimed albums and touring internationally. They leap between swing, Latin, and New Orleans with ease and style, educating youth and elevating New Orleans culture with their music.

The Uptown Jazz Orchestra was formed by NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award-winning trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis in 2007 for the purpose of keeping important jazz music traditions alive: riff-playing, spontaneous group improvisations and collective New Orleans instrumental polyphony. At the time, Marsalis realized that the New Orleans music community was lacking the infusion of young homegrown talent outside of the great brass band tradition, and chose to form an orchestra that could present traditional, classic and modern compositions with authenticity. 

In 2008, Marsalis founded the educational program, “Swinging with the Cool School” (a soft introduction to jazz for hip tots and adults), which was used as an experimental form of music therapy at New Orleans Children Hospital. The Cool School has since expanded to introduce live instrumental jazz to students around the country, with the intent of helping young people develop a relationship with music that has gradually disappeared from mainstream radio and media at large.

Since 2021, UJO has produced the annual Jazz at Congo Square Festival (JACS) to celebrate New Orleans culture by presenting live performances of musicians, poets, dancers, and Black Masking Indians to local and visiting audiences. JACS Festival also features local food, arts & craft vendors. Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra plan to continue using the great legacy of American music to engage and inspire the younger generations for many years to come.

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The Uptown Jazz Orchestra was formed by NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award-winning trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis in 2007 for the purpose of keeping important jazz music traditions alive: riff-playing, spontaneous group improvisations and collective New Orleans instrumental polyphony. At the time, Marsalis realized that the New Orleans music community was lacking the infusion of young homegrown talent outside of the great brass band tradition, and chose to form an orchestra that could present traditional, classic and modern compositions with authenticity. 

In 2008, Marsalis founded the educational program, “Swinging with the Cool School” (a soft introduction to jazz for hip tots and adults), which was used as an experimental form of music therapy at New Orleans Children Hospital. The Cool School has since expanded to introduce live instrumental jazz to students around the country, with the intent of helping young people develop a relationship with music that has gradually disappeared from mainstream radio and media at large.

Since 2021, UJO has produced the annual Jazz at Congo Square Festival (JACS) to celebrate New Orleans culture by presenting live performances of musicians, poets, dancers, and Black Masking Indians to local and visiting audiences. JACS Festival also features local food, arts & craft vendors. Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra plan to continue using the great legacy of American music to engage and inspire the younger generations for many years to come.

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