Delfeayo Marsalis


Delfeayo Marsalis

(Born July 28, 1965) is an American jazz trombonist and record producer.

Life and career

Marsalis was born in New Orleans, the son of Dolores (née Ferdinand) and Ellis Louis Marsalis, Jr., a pianist and music professor. He is also the grandson of Ellis Marsalis, Sr., and the brother of Wynton Marsalis (trumpeter), Branford Marsalis (saxophonist), and Jason Marsalis (drummer). Delfeayo also has two brothers who are not musicians: Ellis Marsalis III (b. 1964) is a poet, photographer and computer networking specialist based in Baltimore, and Mboya Kenyatta (b. 1970) is autistic and was the primary inspiration for Delfeayo's founding of the New Orleans-based Uptown Music Theatre. Formed in 2000, UMT has trained over 300 youth and staged eight original musicals, all of which are based upon the mission of "community unity".

While a gifted trombonist, Delfeayo has recorded relatively few albums and is both more prolific and better known for his work as a producer of acoustic jazz recordings. Along with Tonight Show engineer Patrick Smith, Delfeayo coined a phrase that was primarily responsible for the shift in many jazz recordings from rock and roll production to the resurgence of acoustic recording. "To obtain more wood sound from the bass, this album recorded without usage of the dreaded bass direct" first appeared on brother Branford's Renaissance (Columbia, 1987), and became the single sentence to define the recorded quality of many acoustic jazz recordings since the late 1980s. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and in 2004 received an MA in jazz performance from the University of Louisville.

Marsalis, with his father and brothers, are group recipients of the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award.


  • Pontius Pilate's Decision (Novus, 1992)
  • Musashi (Evidence, 1996)
  • Elephant Riders by Clutch (Columbia, 1998)
  • Minions Dominion (Troubadour Jass, 2006)
  • Sweet Thunder: Duke and Shak (Troubadour Jass, 2011)
  • The Last Southern Gentlemen (Troubadour Jass, 2014)
  • Make America Great Again (Troubadour Jass, 2016)
  • Kalamazoo (Troubadour Jass, 2017)

As sideman

With Branford Marsalis

  • 1992 I Heard You Twice the First Time
  • 1994 Buckshot LeFonque
  • 1997 Music Evolution
  • 2003 Romare Bearden Revealed

With Irving Mayfield

  • 1998 Irvin Mayfield
  • 1999 Live at the Blue Note
  • 2001 How Passion Falls
  • 2003 Half Past Autumn Suite

With others

  • 1993 It Don't Mean a Thing, Elvin Jones (Enja)
  • 1994 The Place To Be, Benny Green (Blue Note)
  • 1994 Joe Cool's Blues, Ellis Marsalis/Wynton Marsalis
  • 1996 Hold on Tight, Kermit Ruffins
  • 1997 Jazzfest, Elvin Jones
  • 1997 R+B = Ruth Brown, Ruth Brown
  • 1999 Citizen Tain, Jeff "Tain" Watts
  • 2000 Spirits of Congo Square, Donald Harrison
  • 2000 The Search, Wycliffe Gordon
  • 2003 The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration, Marsalis Family
  • 2006 Concrete Jungle: The Music of Bob Marley, Monty Alexander
  • 2006 Standards Only, Wycliffe Gordon
  • 2009 Ms.
    B's Blues, Ruth Brown
  • 2010 Music Redeems, Marsalis Family
  • 2016 Trilogy, Ana Popovic


  • Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story (2014)
  • Soundtrack to The Courage of Her Convictions (documentary about Maureen Kelleher-Activists & Artist) (2016)


External links

  • Delfeayo Marsalis at AllMusic
  • Delfeayo Marsalis discography at Discogs
  • Review of Minions Dominion at
  • Delfeayo Marsalis on IMDb

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