Jazz trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis woos Toledo with his music and new book

September 13, 2013 in Lifestyle, News, Top Stories

By Journal Staff

Delfeayo Marsalis playing before students at the McMaster Center in the Main Library.

Delfeayo Marsalis, a member of New Orleans First Family of Jazz, was in Toledo for two days.
Marsalis, a music producer, jazz trombonist, radio and TV host, gave a performance and took time out to read his new book, No Cell Phone, to elementary school students Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library’s McMaster Center, 325 Michigan.
The book addresses the idea of imposing technology and how it can effect relationships with loved ones.
Marsalis and his daughter decide to put down their cell phones for a day to explore their home town of New Orleans.
Along the way, the father and daughter see the sites, hear the sounds and enjoy all of the things The Big Easy has to offer. More importantly, the two spend quality time together.
Cell phones have a purpose but people can live without them, he said.
“You can spend time with someone without a cell phone and it will be OK,” Marsalis said. “You can get with your friends and enjoy yourselves without technology.”
The Library and the Art Tatum Jazz Heritage Society arranged Marsalis’ appearance.

Delfeayo Marsalis signing autographs for youngsters who attended his performance at the McMaster Center in the Main Library.

Delfeayo Marsalis, jazz trombonist, with KiKi Haney, a sixth-grader at Toledo School for the Arts, who helped him read his book.