Delfeayo Marsalis Performs Live At Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans

Jazzbos around the world regularly pay big money to see Delfeayo Marsalis command the stage. He’s one of the greatest trombone players alive today, and a lynchpin member of New Orleans famous Marsalis music clan.

And yesterday he played for free at Trinity Episcopal Church on Jackson Avenue in our town’s historic 10th Ward.

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra Perform Live At Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans

We arrived an hour before the 5pm start time to ensure we could get inside what would surely be a packed house. Sure enough, by the time his big band clambered onstage, 300 people were seated and surging with excitement for Marsalis’ tribute to the music of Kansas City.

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra Perform Live At Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans

A wall of saxophone players performed seated-backed by a phalanx of trombone players who stood just in front of a line of trumpeters. A drummer, pianist and female vocalist rounded out the nearly 20 strong group of musicians.

Jesse McBride with Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra Performing Live At Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans

Mr Marsalis was in fine form, and we’re certain Kid Ory was smiling down upon the assemblage.

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra Perform Live At Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans

Marsalis and his cracking crew of hotshots delivered a string of hits from a long gone era when giants like Benny Carter, Count Basie and Charlie Parker ruled the US jazz scene.

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra Perform Live At Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra Perform Live At Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans

No dilettantes, Delfeayo’s team paid true homage, swinging when necessary, and always maintaining a locked-tight groove. If you’re a jazz fan and live in New Orleans we pray you were in attendance for this molten hot set.

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra Perform Live At Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra Perform Live At Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra Perform Live At Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans

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