Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis is committed to the idea that optimism and progressive musical thought can—and should—coexist in modern New Orleans jazz. The Uptown Jazz Orchestra stretches big band boundaries, playing with a spirit of joy and fun that could only come from the Crescent City.
At just 25 years old, Swift has built a résumé that even many late-career jazz singers would envy: tours as a featured vocalist with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Chris Botti; a guest collaboration with Michael Feinstein; engagements at A-list clubs like Birdland, Jazz Standard, Dizzy’s Club and Jazz Showcase; and gigs at top festivals including Monterey, Montreal and Telluride, where she’s headlined.
Led by consummate trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and comprised of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players and arrangers, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has been hailed as “the greatest large jazz ensemble working today” by the Chicago Tribune.
The Hammond B3 organ speaks a language all its own, one that’s rooted in the church, but brings jazz, soul, blues and funk along for a dizzying party. It’s no wonder that special reverence is held for those musicians that truly master the instrument.
It might not be too much to say that a Meow Meow cabaret performance is a life-changing event. Named one of the “Top Performers of the Year” by The New Yorker, the spectacular crowd-surfing tragi-comedienne has been called a “diva of the highest order” (New York Post), but one whose insecurities are always simmering just below the surface.