By Lolis Eric Elie
Delmond Lambreaux (Rob Brown) sits in with Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra at Snug Harbor during the second episode this season. We get to see Delfeayo wearing one of his hats, but there's much more to the work and music of the fourth of the six sons of Ellis and Delores Marsalis. Delfeayo is playing music out on the road now, as is often the case. We conducted this Q&A in a series of email exchanges.
My first memories of you are as the family recording engineer. The trombone came later, as I recall. You've produced some of the most important albums of our generation. Do you still do any of that work?
Delfeayo Marsalis: I started trombone and recording simultaneously, but since you don't need technique or tone to start recording (just check out 96 percent of today's pro-tools home studios), I was able to work immediately. As I see it, I had two major advantages over everyone else: One, I wanted to produce/record acoustic jazz and two, no one else my age wanted to produce/record acoustic jazz. The process I use can be costly, so I seldom produce anymore. When I do, it's usually a soundtrack or just as a favor to someone local.