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Take Five With Willerm Delisfort

By Published: October 24, 2009
Lol, one funny story was when I was on the road with my quintet, playing at a Club in Cincinnati, OH called the Loft Society. We are traveling with our bags and equipment all in a jeep, therefore we had to also load a few things like our clothes and my keyboard stand on the roof of the car. We are driving on I60 (I think), from Chicago to Cincinnati, and we all are in the car just laughing and joking when you hear "pak pak pak pak."It was the cord that we was to tie everything up got loose and everything fell off. Being that it was tons of trucks driving by extremely fast, and 3am in the morning we had to take a moment and stop and think "Do we want to go back for these clothes?!?" Therefore Christopher R. McBride (sax), says he's gonna go and grab them. Jumps out the jeeps which is a 2door by the way, runs out and grabs the clothes, which all landed together on the curb perfectly aligned!!! Except my keyboard stand :-( Chris and the rest of the band tried to give me hope about the stand saying things like "It's ok, we can still get it man," while they are saying this all you hear "BOOM, PAK, BAMM!!!" which was my keyboard being run over constantly by several trucks...

Favorite venue:

Wow, as a sideman so far the best venue I have played with has been Yoshi's in San Francisco. They have a great nine-foot Steinway, picked out by McCoy Tyner
McCoy Tyner
McCoy Tyner
b.1938
piano
. I think the piano alone is the reason why there is no doubt in my mind.

Now as a leader this is hard, because there are club like The Loft Society in Cincinnati has like the best crowd, complete respect, they have a great time. Then there's B'Sharps Jazz Cafe in Tallahassee, FL by Geraldine & Clarence Seay (bassist), great club, business, and just got a great Baby Grand Yamaha which feels great on the hands.. Van Dyke Cafe in Miami, The Velvet Lounge in Chicago, heck I love them all and can't wait to go back really.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?

Oscar Peterson, My Favorite Instrument, without a shadow of doubt. This was my first album that I ever bought, and wore out. It's all a solo album of him playing, being new to jazz at the time, what I love about Oscar Peterson is the fact that you will always hear him play a standard. He made it easy to relate with him because of this.

The first Jazz album I bought was:

Oscar Peterson, My Favorite Instrument.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?

My testimony in life through my music.

Did you know...

English was my second language growing up, Creole was my first.

CDs you are listening to now:

Gerald Clayton

, Two-Shade;

Robert Glasper
Robert Glasper
Robert Glasper
b.1978
piano
, Double Book;

Terence Blanchard
Terence Blanchard
Terence Blanchard
b.1962
trumpet
, Choices;

Stefon Harris
Stefon Harris
Stefon Harris
b.1973
vibraphone
, Urbanus;

Willerm Delisfort
Willerm Delisfort
Willerm Delisfort
b.1983
piano
, Freedom Riders.

Desert Island picks:

Oscar Peterson, My Favorite Things;

Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
, Kinda Blue (Blue Note) ;

Wynton Marsalis, Black Codes;

RH Factor , Distractions ;

McCoy Tyner, The Real McCoy (Blue Note) ;

Herbie Hancock, Maiden Voyage (Blue Note) ;

Wayne Shorter, Speak No Evil (Blue Note).

How would you describe the state of jazz today?

I have heard so many amazing musicians to even use words like, down, dead, dying, slow. It's alive, and kicking hard, just trying to get people to invest in it again like they use to. Musicians are pouring their hearts out everyday in the clubs and on their albums, it doesn't get any better....Plus we are not degrading you either, sounds like a win to me!!

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?

Support, and keep supporting!!

What is in the near future?

Well I just released my new album, Freedom Riders, in September 2009 and completed my album release tour "Freedom Riders Tour." The shows are posted on my podcast, which is free on iTunes, "Willerm Delisfort Project."

I'm in the middle of three projects right now, one of which is the virtuoso guitarist Fareed Haque, Milton Suggs, and Patrick Terbrack. Please keep a look out for those upcoming amazing albums.

With my quintet (Willerm Delisfort Project) we have some more upcoming shows in Dec, Jan, Feb, therefore join the mailing list www.wdelisfort.com for more details about them.

By Day:

During the day I am usually writing charts for hire. I have a small production that I am doing WDelisfort Music, and basically people who like the arrangements that I do for my quintet or other bands, would contact me (www.wdelisfort.com) explaining they need a chart (Marching Band, Choir, Jazz Combo, Large Ensemble etc..) due to the amount work needed to complete, I send them an invoice and write it for them. Pretty simple day job :-)

Full Name: Song Title: Key: Style: Instrumentation: Notes:

Send information from Contact Page on www.wdelisfort.com.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:

A Marine Biologist, most definitely...or president!!! HA laugh at me now teachers!!!!!!!!!



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