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St. Cecilia Music Center will present Acclaimed Trombonist, Composer and Producer Delfeayo Marsalis and his Uptown Jazz Orchestra on Thursday, April 14 for an Evening of Big Band Fun

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St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids features Delfeayo Marsalis and the New Orleans dynamic Uptown Jazz Orchestra to Royce Auditorium on Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. for a rousing night of big band favorites.
Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra /Zack Smith


Tickets to experience Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra are $45 and $50 and can be purchased online at or by calling St. Cecilia Music Center at 616-459-2224.

Tickets for May Concerts featuring Shawn Colvin on May 12 and Judy Collins on May 18 can be purchased online at or by calling St. Cecilia Music Center at 616-459-2224



St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids is proud to bring  Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra to Royce Auditorium on Thursday, April 14 for a rousing night of big band favorites. With his established prolific music career, the acclaimed trombonist, composer and producer Delfeayo Marsalis has been praised for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor.”  He has also been heralded as one of “the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation.” Marsalis’ commitment to optimism and progressive musical thought coexists in modern New Orleans jazz as a conceptual cornerstone for both the Uptown Jazz Orchestra and their latest cd, Jazz Party. Uptown Jazz Orchestra performances are always a big party, opening and closing their concerts with second line numbers and engaging audiences to participate in the music. Marsalis, an NEA Jazz Master and brother to Wynton and Brandford comes from a long-line of family musicians. He has shared the bandstand with jazz legends Art Blakey, Max Roach and Elvin Jones, as well as pop icons Fats Domino, Ray Charles and George Clinton. Jeff Simon of the Buffalo Newsobserved, " Delfeayo is, in many ways, the most fun of the Marsalis’. He's the family trombonist and record producer…and he seems to be the family wise guy too!" 


St. Cecilia Music Center Executive / Artistic Director Cathy Holbrook states “We are looking forward to a great night of jazz and a lively performance by Delfeayo Marsalis and New Orleans dynamic Uptown Jazz Orchestra. Delfeayo and the great musicians in the Uptown Jazz Orchestra will thrill the audience with their big band sound and wonderful stage presence. We look forward to everyone experiencing this exuberant concert and Delfeayo Marsalis up close and live at SCMC on April 14th!”

Tickets to experience Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra are $45 and $50 and can be purchased online at or by calling St. Cecilia Music Center at 616-459-2224. 

NOTE: SCMC currently requires proof of fully vaccinated status, or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours, to attend a concert at the SCMC venue. Attendees need to bring photo ID and proof of vaccination, or a negative test, the night of a concert. Note: Home tests are not accepted. Protocols at the time of the concert will be communicated to patrons prior to attendance.

All patrons are required to wear a mask for the full duration of their time in the building, throughout the concert. 

If you have tickets to an upcoming performance and are unwilling or unable to abide by this policy, please contact the SCMC box office for a refund at [email protected] a minimum of 48 hours prior to the concert date.


Delfeayo Marsalis Bio

As an acclaimed trombonist, composer, and producer, Delfeayo Marsalis has also dedicated his prolific career to music theatre and education. Along with the Marsalis family of musicians including his father Ellis, the artist was destined to a life in music. Marsalis has toured internationally with jazz legends such as Ray Charles, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Elvin Jones and Slide Hampton, as well as leading his own groups. At the age of 17, Marsalis began his career as a producer and has to date produced over 120 recordings garnering one Grammy award and several nominations.

In 2008, Delfeayo Marsalis formed the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, a highly entertaining ensemble that focuses on maintaining important jazz traditions such as riff playing, New Orleans polyphony and spontaneous arrangements. Delfeayo also formed the Uptown Music Theatre in 2000. A non-profit organization that empowers youth through musical theatre training. He has written sixteen musicals to date based on historical and/or uniting the community. In addition, he has composed over 90 songs that help introduce kids to jazz through musical theatre and has reached over 5,000 students nationally with his Swinging with the Cool School soft introduction to jazz workshops.

Marsalis has a dual Bachelor’s degree in Music performance and Production from Berklee College of Music, and a Masters in Jazz Performance from the University of Louisville. A Doctorate has also been conferred from the New England College.


More about the Uptown Jazz Orchestra

The mission of the Uptown Jazz Orchestra is to promote a greater appreciation for jazz and its New Orleans’ rooted traditions through world-class performance, artistic excellence, education and community.

Featuring up to 18 accomplished musicians, the Uptown Jazz Orchestra sets the global standard for celebrating jazz in its authentic musical form, inspiring the next generation of jazz musicians and promoting a culture of diversity, inclusion and accessibility in the arts.


Single tickets can be purchased by phone at 616-459-2224 or online at

Jazz Single Tickets

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, April 14, 2022

A section $50

B section $45


Folk Single Tickets

Shawn Colvin

Thursday, May 12, 2022

A section $45

B section $40

VIP tix $125

Judy Collins

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

A section $65

B section $55


St. Cecilia Music Center Fundraiser Tickets

Eat. Drink. Be Merry Winetasting

Saturday, April 16, 2022




St. Cecilia Music Center’s mission is to promote the study, appreciation and

performance of music in order to enrich the lives of West Michigan residents. 

The Center fulfills this mission by 

presenting visiting world-class artists in concert, 

providing music education for all ages through our School of Music and 

preserving a historic building for musical activities and community events


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