Bio

Delbert Anderson, member of the Navajo tribe, is a professional trumpet performer, pedagogue, and jazz musician. Born in Shiprock, NM, Anderson discovered his interest in music playing drums and singing for the church.  Anderson is known for creating the Delbert Anderson Trio (DAT) and being a developer of music educational programs and community projects. 

"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 discovered his passion for jazz and improvisation in his early years of education. Anderson went on to attend Eastern New Mexico University studying music education and trumpet performance. Anderson credits his educators:  Janet Isham, John Kennedy, Christopher Beaty and Dustin Seifert - for his success in the music field. Anderson now resides in Farmington, NM where he's active as a performer, composer and educator. 

"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 regularly performs with his new collaborative group DDAT, which is the Delbert Anderson Trio featuring lyricist Def-i, an ensemble inspired by ancient Native American melodies fused with jazz, hip hop, funk and soul. Anderson has performed with today's jazz greats T.S Monk, Bobby Watson, Brad Goode and many others. In addition to his active performing schedule, Anderson directs the San Juan College Jazz Big Band and Combo in Farmington, NM and is a private lessons instructor. He has been actively involved with his mentor program NAMP - Native American Music Program, the Native American Composers Initiative, Western Arts Alliance, Advancing Indigenous Performers, Association of Performing Arts Professionals, National Band Association, National Association of Music Merchants and 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 2019 Western Arts Alliance Launchpad Award, IM Tour Artist Affiliation, 2020 Caldera Residency and 2019 APAP Doris Duke Access Award. 

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