Big Band and Jazz Music Swings into Cedar City

Published: February 18, 2014 | Read Time: 2 minutes

The Crescent City will receive a new home this February when Delfeayo Marsalis, one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today, is hosted by Southern Utah University’s Department of Music on Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22, both at Cedar City’s Heritage Center Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Marsalis and his quintet will celebrate Mardi Gras in a New Orleans themed evening in Friday’s performance and then on Saturday, Marsalis with join with SUU’s Jazz Band for a swinging night of Big Band music, directed by SUU professor of music education, Dr. Thomas Herb.

The world-renowned trombonist is known for his “technical experience, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor,” said by the Los Angeles Times. The San Francisco Examiner went on to say that Marsalis is “one of the best, most imaginative and musical trombonists of his generation. He also earned the nation’s highest jazz honor, a National Endowment for the Arts for the Arts Jazz Masters Award.

Since the age of 17, Marsalis has produced more than 100 recordings for major artists, including Harry Connick, Jr., Marcus Roberts, Spike Lee, Terence Blanchard, Marcus Roberts, Adam Makowicz and Nicholas Payton. Marsalis attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts high school, was classically trained at the Eastern Music Festival and Tanglewood Institute, and majored in both performance and audio production at the Berklee College of Music.

Get your tickets now for both concerts. For tickets to Friday evening New Orleans concert, tickets are $30 for adults and students with I.D. $15 and may be purchased by calling (435) 865-2882 or at the door.  Tickets to Saturday’s performance are $10 for adults, $8 for SUU faculty and staff and $5 for youth. SUU students are free with a valid I.D. Tickets may be purchased by calling or visiting the SUU Centrum Ticket office (435) 586-7872, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or online at

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