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The public is invited to attend a very special afternoon workshop and evening concert (in-person and livestreamed) with legendary New Orleans jazz artist Delfeayo Marsalis on Friday, October 29, 2021.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS: Proceeds from the concert and workshop will benefit the scholarship funds of the Music School and Delfeayo’s Uptown Music Theater in New Orleans!
WORKSHOP: 4:30-6:00pm on 10/29An ensemble comprised of young NH musicians will perform jazz standards for Delfeayo to coach. Music teachers, students, and jazz enthusiasts are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to meet, learn from, and ask questions of one of the world’s premier jazz musicians.
Workshop musicians will be pre-selected; please click "register now" at the top of this page to purchase a ticket to be seated in the audience ($20-40). This workshop takes place in the Music School's Community Room; parking at 24 Fayette Street.
CONCERT: 8:00pm on 10/29Jazz fans won't want to miss this concert in the Music School's intimate Recital Hall – our first public concert since the start of the pandemic, and a celebration of the absolute best of New Hampshire/New Orleans jazz! The band will be playing songs from Delfeayo's last two albums, originals by Mary Fagan, and a selection of jazz standards.
CONCERT LIVESTREAM PASS: The Music School welcomes jazz fans from around the world to purchase a livestream pass to the concert on October 29 – watch Delfeayo and the Downtown Horns in real time, even if you can't be here in person!
Please click "register now" at the top of this page to purchase concert tickets ($20-35 each) or a livestream pass ($20). This concert takes place in the Music School's Recital Hall, 23 Wall Street; parking on Wall Street and surrounding streets. Livestream passholders will be emailed a link in advance of the concert.
COVID PROTOCOLS: All in-person workshop and concert attendees must agree to follow Music School policies – including health and safety policies – and posted instructions while visiting, including wearing face coverings at all times while in the Music School building. All attendees should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend the event. By entering the Music School, attendees voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and confirm that they will adhere to local quarantine mandates and the CDC quarantine requirements, available on the CDC website. If you are feeling sick with any COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home and watch the livestream concert instead! Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in helping keep our musicians and friends healthy.
TICKET POLICY/REFUNDS: If a show is cancelled due to COVID-19, ticket holders will receive an email advising them of the following options - transfer tickets to rescheduled date, donate them to the Music School, receive a gift certificate for that amount. CCMS will contact ticket holders via the email address provided in their order. If you cannot be reached by the information provided, you will be responsible for obtaining all information on cancelled/rescheduled performances. We will be updating our social media/website/email, if and when, changes happen.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS & BENEFICIARIES
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 age 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, he 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 (see below). 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.
The Downtown Horns are veteran New Hampshire musicians, many of them also veterans of the Army, Navy, and Air Force bands, and some also educators in New Hampshire schools. In 2009, Delfeayo Marsalis was awarded an honorary doctorate at New England College, and began making annual trips to New Hampshire. Bob Maccini, co-director of the nonet, organized jazz worship services at the Congregational Church of Henniker, and Delfeayo began playing in those annually. In 2014 Bob was a co-founder of the Tall Granite Big Band, and a few years later Delfeayo added appearances with that band to his annual New Hampshire trip. All the musicians in the Downtown Horns also play in the Tall Granite Big Band.
Guest vocalist Mary Fagan is a true original with wide ranging influences, her voice described as “forged in the blues then dipped in velvet.” A lifelong musician, Fagan moves seamlessly from jazz to folk, blues, and rock, often accompanying herself on guitar or piano. Her trio, the Honey Bees Trio, includes guitarist/producer Chris O'Neill and upright bassist Jock Irvine – they groove on Americana, 1930's jazz, western swing, and original compositions. Fagan sings jazz regularly with The State Street Combo and the 18-piece Tall Granite Big Band, and can frequently be seen & heard at Hermanos in Concord or Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia.
Uptown Music Theatre is an internationally award-winning musical theatre program that introduces kids 6 to 18 of all backgrounds and skill levels to the world of Broadway. Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, UMT was founded by famous American jazz trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis. Receiving training from Broadway professionals and competing against half a million other musical theatre students, kids in UMT learn to dance, sing, act, and discover themselves, as well as leadership skills, discipline, and the art of storytelling.
Concord Community Music School is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and is recognized nationally for program innovation and management excellence. Welcoming adults, teens, and children of all musical abilities, 50 teaching artists reach more than 1,500 people weekly in fifteen states with educational programs, concerts, workshops, and community partnerships. CCMS has received major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hearst Foundation, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Jane’s Trust, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The Music School has earned honors including the Governor’s Arts Award for Cultural Access Leadership; Riverbend’s Champion for Mental Health; Greater Concord’s Favorite Musical Instruction from Parenting New Hampshire Magazine; and New Hampshire Magazine’s Best Music School for Everyone.
The Recital Hall at Concord Community Music School is on the Wall Street side of the building. It can be accessed via the doors at 23 Wall Street in Concord (only open during Recital Hall events), or through the main entrance of the Music School at 24 Fayette Street, on the other side of the building. Please call for information: 603-228-1196.
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