Delfeayo Marsalis will headline the Fredonia Jazz Festival on September 25 at 7 p.m. at the Rotunda Grapevine Railroad Farm, 207 E. Main St., Fredonia.
Delfeayo Marsalis grew up in New Orleans with his brothers Wynton and Branford. Their father is the legendary jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis. For the Marsalis family, the jazz heritage of New Orleans is at the heart of their musical sensibility. It can be said, however, that Delfeayo’s musical spirit does not venture too far from home, even more so than his siblings. He celebrates the fun and joy of jazz, embraces the cultural and social mix that is its source, and delivers an intoxicating energy and vibrancy into his performances that are familiar to the clubs and streets of New Orleans.
Delfeayo has toured internationally with jazz legends Ray Charles, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Elvin Jones and Slide Hampton, and has also been a conductor of his own groups. At the age of 17, Marsalis began his career as a producer and to date has produced over 120 recordings for artists such as Harry Connick Jr. and Terence Blanchard, earning him a Grammy Award and several appointments.
In 2008, he formed the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, a highly entertaining ensemble that focuses on upholding important jazz traditions such as riffing, New Orleans polyphony, and spontaneous arrangements. Delfeayo also formed the Uptown Music Theater in 2000, a nonprofit organization that empowers young people through training in musical theater. He has written sixteen musicals to date. In addition, he has composed over 90 songs that help introduce children to jazz and has touched over 5,000 students nationwide with his “Swinging with the cool” jazz workshops.
Delfeayo’s appearance at the festival is in part sponsored by Hodgson Russ LLP.
The programming of the Fredonia Jazz Festival is as follows. All start times are approximate.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 24
6 p.m. – i3∂ (Thirteen Degrees).
SATURDAY, SEPT. 25
111 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Western New York High School Jazz Bands and Combos
¯ 1:10 p.m. – SUNY Fredonia Jazz Orchestra
¯ 2:30 p.m. – Dave Golando Quintet
¯ 5 p.m. – Multi Directions Quartet with Alex McArthur
¯ 7 p.m. – Delfeayo Marsalis
The performances taking place before 4:30 p.m. will be free and open to the public. Evenings will have a fee of $ 15. Those who attend on Friday night will receive a ticket to return on Saturday night so they don’t need to pay again. The ticket is even transferable to another person if you wish.
All performances will be held outdoors at the Rotunda Grapevine Railroad Farm, 307 E. Main St., Fredonia. Food and beverages will be offered in concession tents set up by The Catering Company. There will be free parking on the grounds of the Rotonde. There is an indoor location nearby in case of rain.
The festival is a project of the Fredonia Jazz Society, a non-profit community organization that supports and organizes live performances and related activities in western New York State to benefit music lovers of all ages and from all walks of life. With a focus on high standards and on local and guest performers, the goal is to improve the quality of life through music and the arts.
Tickets and more information are available at fredoniajazzsociety.com.