Delbert Anderson Bio
"Delbert Anderson is a strong, visionary creative artist. His music bridges cultural traditions, and is delivered with an urgency and passion that captivates. He is an important voice for his community and his generation of American artists."
- Brad Goode
Delbert Anderson brings back the improvisation of the Diné Spinning Songs with modern jazz and funk. Inspired by the Diné social circle, Anderson continues to create new songs with a multi-cultured group known as the Delbert Anderson Trio.
"Anderson's music puts Navajo culture through melodies inspired by ancient songs of love and war while fusing them with modern jazz and funk."
- NPR Earthsongs
Anderson has created and contributed to many projects in the arts such as: DDAT & DAT Performances, DDAT Wellness Program & Music Education/Workshops, Don Cherry Tribute Album, DDAT Orchestra Collaborations, Multi-Disciplined Arts Project Spirit Coalescent, Naat'áani Musical, Jazz Jams - Community Development Project, Blue Desert Virtual Tour, Farmington Jazz Festival, South African Exploration Project, Bureau of Land Management Tour, Indigenous Big Band Project (Co-Director) and Welcome to Indian Country (Music Director).
Anderson is also the founder of the youth mentor program NAMP - Native American Music Program, D'DAT Management, Inc. (co-founder) and the San Juan Jazz Society - community arts organization. Anderson is also an active member of the Native American Composers Initiative, Chamber Music America, Western Arts Alliance, Advancing Indigenous Performers, Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Folk Alliance International, Arts Northwest, National Association of Music Merchants and the International Trumpet Guild.
"Delbert Anderson is a rising trumpet star in the music world who combines a mastery of his craft with the unique ability to express himself in multiple genres. He is a man ahead of his time. What he is doing is the future of music. He can reach deep down into his soul and bring his audiences to the point of communal and joyous rapture."
- Rodney Marsalis
Delbert Anderson has received the 2021-22 Chamber Music America Jazz Presenters Grant, selected for Western States Arts Federation 2021 Emerging/Leaders of Color Program, 2022 Collective Spirit Award of First Peoples Fund, 2022 Arts Forward from Association of Performing Arts Professionals, 2022 South Arts Jazz Road Creative Residency Grant, 2021 Caldera Residency Program, 2021 Some Serious Business Residency, 2022 Lewis Prize for Music Think Tank, 2022 USArtists International from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, 2022 Connie Gotsch Arts Foundation Grant, 2021 Willow Tail Arts Residency, 2021 New York Trust Award, 2019 APAP Doris Duke Access Award and the 2019-22 Western Arts Alliance Native Launchpad Award.
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