The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra’s 2015-16 concert season begins on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 8 pm with “Crescent City Celebration with Delfeayo Marsalis and Herlin Riley”. The program will be held at the Bijou Theatre at 803 South Gay Street.
Delfeayo Marsalis (pictured) is one of the most sought after trombonists and producers in jazz today. He has worked as a trombonist with artists such as Art Blakey, Max Roach and Elvin Jones, and has produced more than 100 recordings by artists such as Harry Connick, Jr., Marcus Roberts, Nicholas Payton, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and projects by Ellis, Branford and Wynton Marsalis. In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family earned the nation’s highest jazz honor – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. Delfeayo is also leader of the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, a big band that specializes in playing traditional New Orleans music.
Herlin Riley, also a New Orleans native, is one of the most acclaimed drum masters of his generation. He has toured and recorded with Ahmad Jamal, Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Dr. John, Harry Connick, Jr, George Benson and many others.
The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra is a 17 piece big band comprised of professional musicians from across the region. Since its inception in 1999, the orchestra has performed dozens of concerts in East Tennessee, appeared on major jazz festivals in Europe, performed and recorded with internationally acclaimed guest artists, and released four critically acclaimed CD recordings.
Tickets for the event are $32.00 adult, $15.00 student. Tickets are available in advance by calling 684-1200 or by visiting the Tennessee Theatre Box office.