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Delfeayo Marsalis – An Evening with Delfeayo Marsalis: Kalamazoo – Troubadour Jass Records 

Delfeayo Marsalis – An Evening with Delfeayo Marsalis: Kalamazoo – Troubadour Jass Records 

Delfeayo Marsalis – An Evening with Delfeayo Marsalis: Kalamazoo – Troubadour Jass Records #TJR093017 – 67:38 – ****1/2 Like father, like son… (Delfeayo Marsalis – trombone; Ellis Marsalis Jr. – piano; Reginald Veal – bass; Ralph Peterson – drums) It takes real talent from true jazz professionals to make an evening of playing familiar standards into a “musical event.” That is accomplished by trombonist, Delfeayo Marsalis, who along with his father, iconic pianist, Ellis Marsalis, Jr., bassist Reginald Veal, and drummer, Ralph Peterson, recorded a concert at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, on April 17, 2015. Delfeayo was at the University to lead a student workshop, and perform an evening concert. Delfeayo has become a preeminent trombonist at the top of his game. His tone is warm and burnished with an innate swing that brings to mind J.J. Johnson. His father, Ellis, does not get as much press (outside of his home, New Orleans) as his multi-talented sons, but his piano playing blends the strengths of Basie and Bill Evans. The audience response to Ellis on “It Don’t Mean a Thing” shows an appreciation of his piano mastery. Beginning with the 1923 penned, “Tin Roof Blues,” the quartet concentrates on […]