The 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 great orchestra fun


St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids is proud to bring Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra at Royce Auditorium on Thursday, April 14 for a spirited evening of big band favorites. With his prolific musical career established, acclaimed trombonist, composer and producer Delfeayo Marsalis has been praised for his “technical excellence, inventiveness and frequent touches of humour”. He has also been hailed as one of the “best, most imaginative and most musical trombonists of his generation”. Marsalis’ commitment to optimism and progressive musical thought coexists in modern New Orleans jazz as a conceptual cornerstone of the Uptown Jazz Orchestra and their latest album, Jazz night. Performances by the Uptown Jazz Orchestra are always a big party, opening and closing their concerts with second-line numbers and engaging the audience in participating in the music. Marsalis, a NEA jazz master and Wynton and Brandford’s brother comes from a long line of family musicians. He 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 Buffalo Newsobserved, “Delfeayo is, in many ways, the funniest of the Marsalis. He’s the trombonist and record producer of the family…and he also seems to be the sage of the family!”

Cathy Holbrook, Executive/Artistic Director of St. Cecilia Music Center, says “We look forward to a great evening of jazz and a lively performance by Delfeayo Marsalis and New Orleans’ dynamic Uptown Jazz Orchestra. Delfeayo and the great musicians of the Uptown Jazz Orchestra will delight the audience with their big band sound and wonderful stage presence. We look forward to everyone seeing this exuberant concert and Delfeayo Marsalis up close and personal at the SCMC on April 14th!”

Tickets to experience Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra are $45 and $50 and can be purchased online at Where by calling the 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 must bring photo ID and proof of vaccination, or a negative test, on the night of a concert. Note: Home tests are not accepted. The protocols at the time of the concert will be communicated to the customers before the participation.

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

If you have tickets for an upcoming show and are unwilling or unable to abide by this policy, please contact the SCMC Box Office for a refund at [email protected] at least 48 hours before the concert date.

Organic Delfeayo Marsalis

As an acclaimed trombonist, composer and producer, Delfeayo Marsalis has also devoted his prolific career to musical theater and education. With the Marsalis family of musicians, including his father Ellis, the artist was destined for a life in music. Marsalis has toured internationally with jazz legends such as Ray Charles, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Elvin Jones and Slide Hampton, while leading his own bands. At the age of 17, Marsalis began his career as a producer and has produced over 120 recordings to date, winning Grammy Awards and multiple nominations.

In 2008, Delfeayo Marsalis formed the Downtown 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 Downtown Musical Theater in 2000. A non-profit organization that empowers youth through musical theater training. He has written sixteen story-based and/or community-building musicals to date. Additionally, he has composed over 90 songs that help introduce children to jazz through musical theater and has reached more than 5,000 students nationwide with his Swinging with the Cool School soft introduction workshops at jazz workshops.

Marsalis holds a dual bachelor’s degree in music performance and production from Berklee College of Music and a master’s degree in jazz performance from the University of Louisville. A doctorate was also awarded by New England College.

Learn more about the Uptown Jazz Orchestra

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

With 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 Arts.


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

Individual Jazz Tickets

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, April 14, 2022

One section $50

Section B $45

Folk Single Tickets

Shawn Colvin

Thursday, May 12, 2022

One section $45

Section B $40

VIP tax $125

Judy Collins

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

One section $65

Section B $55

St. Cecilia Music Center Fundraiser Tickets

To eat. Drink. Be Merry Wine Tasting

Saturday, April 16, 2022


St. Cecilia Music Center Mission is to promote the study, appreciation and

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

The Center fulfills this mission by

presenting visit world-class artists in concert,

providing music education for all ages through our music school and

preservation a historic building for musical activities and community events


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