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Delfeayo Marsalis Is the Hartt School’s New Artist in Residence

The trombonist, composer, and producer will work with students individually and in groups during the 2022-23 academic year

Delfeayo Marsalis
Delfeayo Marsalis

The University of Hartford’s Hartt School has appointed Delfeayo Marsalis its 2022-23 Artist in Residence. Marsalis will work with students at the school’s Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz Studies in Hartford, Connecticut, institute director Javon Jackson said. His residency will include lectures, private studio lessons, and master classes.

The fourth son of Ellis Marsalis, the New Orleans jazz musician and patriarch who was also the father of musicians Branford, Wynton, and Jason, Marsalis might be best known as a record producer. Indeed, his work was instrumental in the 1980s resurgence of acoustic production techniques for jazz recordings. (The album sleeves of his productions often carried his signature line, “To obtain more wood sound from the bass, this album recorded without usage of the DREADED bass direct.”)

However, he is also an accomplished trombonist, bandleader, composer, educator, and the founder of New Orleans’ Uptown Music Theatre. Marsalis was named along with his father and brothers as an NEA Jazz Master in 2011.

In a brief official statement, Marsalis summarized what his students should expect this year: “We’re going to keep it real, old school, and help these youngsters prepare to carry on Jackie McLean’s mission and passion for the music we all love so much.”

Before & After with Delfeayo Marsalis

Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.