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Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra
Headline Jazz Festival With Their June 11 App Theatre Debut

BOONE, NC – “Marsalis. The name says it all. Their family has become synonymous with
excellence in the music industry for decades, particularly in the world of jazz,” said Todd Wright,
the creative force behind the inaugural High Country Jazz Festival taking place in Boone and
Blowing Rock from June 8 through 12, 2022.
Wright was speaking about a highlight of the festival when Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown
Jazz Orchestra make their Appalachian Theatre debut performance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday,
June 11. Tickets are $35 and $42 and may be purchased via the festival’s website at
www.highcountryjazzfestival.org.

Jeff Simon from The Buffalo News agrees. “Delfeayo is, in many ways, the most fun of the
Marsalises. He’s the family trombonist. And record producer. And he seems to be the family wise
guy, too.” Among their numerous accolades is a sterling review from Downbeat Magazine which
said, “Both of Delfeayo Marsalis’ New Orleans-based Uptown Jazz Orchestra’s [compact disc] releases… rank among the strongest big band discs of the past 10 years.”
Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Under
his direction and anchored by Dirty Dozen Brass Band founder Roger Lewis on baritone sax, the
Uptown Jazz Orchestra sings and swings with confidence and soul performing blues and
standards that combine riff-playing, spontaneous arrangements and the New Orleans secondline groove. The Uptown Jazz Orchestra keeps the old-school jazz traditions alive.
“I hope High Country audiences are excited, because I certainly am,” said Todd Wright.
“Delfeayo is only one of 16 professional jazz musicians who will shake the walls and rafters of
our venerable Appalachian Theatre with a full party-like jazz sound not often heard in our neck
of the woods. Don’t miss him!”
Joining together in a precedent-setting partnership, the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country
(ATHC), Boone Sunrise Rotary and Wright’s Jazz Studies Program are collaborating on the
inaugural High Country Jazz Festival with nearly a dozen free and ticketed events at ten
different locations.
Sponsored by Explore Boone and Mast General Store, the High Country Jazz Festival is a
collaborative project that aims “to host exceptional and engaging jazz experiences for local
residents and regional audiences with proceeds to support arts, education, and civic programs
that enrich our High Country home.”
Wright said that he first conceived of the idea of a jazz festival in 1983 while enjoying a summer
outdoor concert in Boone by the North Carolina Symphony. “We have the perfect place here in
the High Country, a perfect time of year with perfect weather, and a perfect anchor venue in the
Appalachian Theatre.” Wright added that, “The community excitement and participation is
exhilarating.”
For links to purchase seats for the ticketed events, and a complete performance schedule for
the entire festival, please visit the website at www.highcountryjazzfestival.org.
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The High Country Jazz Festival is a collaborative program of
The App Theatre, Boone Sunrise Rotary, and the Jazz Studies Program
About the Appalachian Theatre
The mission of the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country is to revitalize and sustain this historic
community touchstone as a quality home for diverse artists and audiences with a special focus on
programs that celebrate our distinctive Appalachian heritage and enhance our capacity to serve as an
economic catalyst for Boone and the High Country. Once a gorgeous 999-seat Art Deco movie house,
the building closed in 2007 and sat empty and gutted for years. On October 14, 2019, the Appalachian
Theatre reopened its doors after a $10 million renovation that brought the distinctive Art Deco details
back to this historic theatre and created a new 629-seat, state-of-the-art, acoustically pristine venue for
live concerts, films, plays, and dance performances. The historic Appalachian Theatre has entertained
regional audiences in the heart of downtown Boone, North Carolina since 1938. www.apptheatre.org
About Boone Sunrise Rotary
Boone Sunrise Rotary brings together business, professional and civic leaders within our community.
Rotary promotes integrity, understanding and goodwill locally, nationally and worldwide. The proceeds
from the festival will further Rotary’s commitment to humanitarian and civic service, and will go directly to
many of the local nonprofit organizations that serve the High Country. www.boonerotary.org
About the Jazz Studies Program
The Jazz Studies Program identifies students with a special interest in jazz, promotes high standards of
jazz performance, and expands the circle of students who have meaningful experiences with jazz during
their college careers. Program support will help provide student enrichment, off-set performance tour
costs, student scholarships, host acclaimed jazz clinicians and the purchase of music and
supplies. www.music.appstate.edu