LAST SOUTHERN GENTLEMEN TOUR WITH DELFEAYO & ELLIS MARSALIS

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See them at the Jazz Eureka Festival, Eureka Springs, AR  Saturday September 13th performance starts at 8 pm!

“The Last Southern Gentlemen” is a landmark recording for Delfeayo Marsalis, pairing father Ellis Marsalis, Jr. with son on a collaborative album for the first time. Marsalis’ finest outing to date, the superb recording quality and meticulous production showcase his brilliant, classically trained tone as it swings effortlessly through standards and original compositions. The music is relaxed, thoughtful and provocative, acknowledging the love and respect of all people shared by Louis Armstrong and most early jazz entertainers.

Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor” (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times), he is “one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation.” (Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner.) Born in New Orleans on July 28, 1965, Marsalis was destined to a life in music. “I remember my dad (Ellis Marsalis) playing piano at the house, and me laying underneath the piano as a child, listening to him play. After briefly trying bass and drums, in sixth grade I gravitated towards the trombone, which was an extension of my personality. Early on my influences and inspirations included J.J. Johnson, Curtis Fuller, Al Grey, Tyree Glenn and Tommy Dorsey.” Marsalis attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts high school, was classically trained at the Eastern Music Festival and Tanglewood Institute, and majored in both performance and audio production at the Berklee College of Music.delfeayo marsalis

Marsalis is an exceptional trombonist who toured internationally with five renowned bandleaders. “Art Blakey taught me a lot about patience and how to construct a solo. My compositions are influenced by Abdullah Ibrahim’s harmonies. Slide Hampton inspired me with the relaxation that he displays in his trombone playing along with his command of the instrument. With Max Roach, I learned that I had to be on top of my game every moment. And Elvin Jones, who I worked with for seven or eight years, taught me about humanity, expressing myself through my instrument, and how to keep time without relying on other players.” During a tour with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, he was filmed as part of the Ken Burns documentary, Jazz and he was an integral part of Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration, a DVD that assembled all of the musical Marsalis’ for the first time and was featured on PBS.ellis marsalis 02

As the father of some of New Orleans’ most renown musicians, Ellis Marsalis started his musical journey in junior high school at the age of 11. Graduating from Dillard University with a degree in Music Education, Ellis went on to play with the Corps Four, a Marine Corps’ jazz quartet that appeared on CBS television and radio nationally. Ellis returned to New Orleans after completing his Corp duties, where he married Dolores Ferdinand. Together they raised six sons, Branford, Wynton, Ellis III, Delfeayo, Mboya and Jason. Moving to the country just outside New Orleans, Ellis became a school band director for a couple of years, but soon returned to The Big Easy to become a free-lance musician. He performed at all the top clubs, and soon got teaching jobs, including twelve years as an instructor at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. He eventually became the Chair of Jazz Studies at the University of New Orleans, retiring in 2001.

In January 2011, the Marsalis family (father Ellis and brothers Delfeayo, Branford, Wynton and Jason) earned the nation’s highest jazz honor – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award.

2014 Jazz Eureka Festival in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Sept 9 to Sept 14

Jazz it up in Eureka Springs During Jazz Eureka

The annual Jazz Eureka festival will take place in Eureka Springs from Tuesday, Sept. 9 to Sunday, Sept. 14. The exciting week-long event will feature live music, delicious food and exciting attractions and events.fayetteville-jazz-collective

The Fayetteville Jazz Collective, an 18-piece big band, will perform on Friday, Sept. 12 in The Auditorium at 36 S. Main St..   The FJC, under the direction of Ben Harris will present new, original material.  The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $12.

The Last Southern Gentlemen Tour brings two members of America’s jazz dynasty to The Auditorium.  Jazz legend Ellis Marsalis, Jr., along with his son, Delfeayo Marsalis, will headline the festival, appearing at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.  This tour marks the first time the father and son have performed and recorded together on a project. Ellis Marsalis is the premier, modernist jazz pianist of New Orleans and the patriarch of the Marsalis family, father of jazz musicians Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason Marsalis.Delfeayo-and-Ellis-345x290

The tour’s album, “The Last Southern Gentlemen,” features standard and original compositions and is “relaxed, thoughtful and provocative, acknowledging the love and respect of all people shared by Louis Armstrong and most early jazz entertainers.”

Tickets to the show range from $25 to $47.50 and are on sale now for both Auditorium shows at www.theauditorium.org.

Free, outdoor concerts of jazz music will be presented in Basin Spring Park on Spring Street as well.  On Friday evening, trumpeter Rodney Block will perform a free concert beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting until 7 p.m.

On Saturday, there will be more music in the park all afternoon with Matt and Gus Smith, Brandon Mezzelo, Walter Savage and Northeast State University Jazz All Stars, featuring Tommy Poole, from noon until 6 p.m.tommy poole 1

New events have been added for Jazz Eureka 2014.   On Tuesday, Sept. 9, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, located at 515 Main St., will host The Speakeasy from 7-9 p.m.  Food and drinks will be served and admission is $10.   For reservations, call 479-253-7444 or email director@writerscolony.org.

Wednesday evening, a Great Gatsby-style lawn party with live jazz music, games, food, fire dancing and a performance by Intrigue Theater will take place at the gardens of the Crescent Hotel at 75 Prospect St. from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $10 and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, call 479-253-9766.

Saturday morning, the White Street Farmer’s Market, located in the Ermilio’s parking lot at 26 White St., will present “Jazz at the Market” with music from Bossa Screwnova and J Funk from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Saturday evening, art galleries on Main and Spring streets will be open late for their monthly Second Saturday Gallery Stroll, with jazz music, art and refreshments from 6-10 p.m.

After the Marsalis concert on Saturday evening, DeVito’s at 5 Center St. is hosting the Jazz Martini After Party. Beginning at 9 p.m., there will be live jazz, food and drinks, including a special “Marsalis Martini.”

Sunday September 14th, the Crystal Dining Room at the Crescent Hotel will have a Sunday Jazz Brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a Jazz trio and dancing from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Adults are $24.95, children ages 5-12 are $9.95 and 4 and under are free.

For further information, visit www.jazzeureka.org or call 479-253 7333.

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