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Delbert Anderson receives forge project fellowship

May 15, 2024

“Reflecting a diversity of art disciplines, cultural backgrounds, and geographic upbringings, the fellows are Delbert Anderson (Navajo/Diné), Schon Matthew Duncan (United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians), Donna Hogerhuis (Stockbridge-Munsee), Lindsay McIntyre (Inuit), Mikayla Patton (Oglala Sioux Lakota), and Sterling Anthony Schreiber II (Stockbridge-Munsee). Each will receive a $25,000 grant to support their practices, as well as embark on a three-week stay this summer at Forge’s 60-acre property in the Mahicannituck (Hudson River) Valley, located approximately 115 miles north of New York City.” - Maya Pontone

Julia Keefe indigenous big band performs the Kennedy center

May 11, 2024

The Julia Keefe Indigenous Big Band directed by Julia Keefe (Nez Perce) and co directed by Delbert Anderson (Diné), received a standing ovation at The Kennedy Center headlining the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival. The concert consisted of original music and tributes to Indigenous jazz musicians. JKIBB surprised the audience as the Indigenous Big Band performed with guest artist Esperanza Spalding. The performance of the Julia Keefe Indigenous Big Band made US history as the first All Indigenous Big Band to perform at the Kennedy Center.

Delbert Anderson selected for apap board of directors

January 14, 2024

Following a call for nominations from the membership, directors are elected for three year terms with option for election for up to two consecutive terms. Board members may serve a maximum of six consecutive years unless serving as an officer; in which case, an individual may serve up to nine years or three consecutive terms.

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Anderson becomes recipient of cma's pcj grant

December 21, 2023

New York, NY—Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, has announced the distribution of $550,395 through three of six grant programs to support the work of 42 ensembles and presenters across the contemporary and traditional jazz, classical, and folkloric genres. 

The 2024 grantees, reflecting a broad spectrum of sounds and stages, were selected after an adjudication process by independent peer panels in December 2023. Individual awards, from $8,580 to $20,000, will be used to support projects in communities across 15 cities in 10 states.

“CMA’s first round of 2024 grantees encompass a wide range of performance styles, cultural traditions, and new musical innovations,” said CMA’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin Kwan Loucks, “I am thrilled to see these new projects develop with CMA’s support.”

The grant programs— Artistic Projects, supported by the Howard Gilman Foundation; and Ensemble Forward, supported by the New York Community Trust, Presenters Consortium for Jazz supported by The Doris Duke Foundation; —and grantees, are outlined below. 

D'DAT Releases Kindred Spirits Album

March 8, 2023 | 12:00 AM

Kindred Spirits “A Navajo – South African Story” is an ambitious and unique Indigenous cross-cultural collaboration between two continents, North America and sub-Saharan Africa. The project was given its platform at the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival in South Africa in 2022, when D’DAT travelled to Johannesburg to perform and participate in a cultural exchange with South African artists; the conceptualization and sharing of ideas began several months before in a series of interactive zooms between D’DAT and the South African producers Dan Chiorboli and John Lindemann.  

Anderson Featured in the New York Times

February 24, 2023 | 12:00 AM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. — To drive the high desert roads of northern New Mexico is to navigate mountain passes, red rock mesas and dry river washes, and to spot the hogans, hamlets and sheep herds of the vast and remote Navajo nation.

Fiddling with the dial on the car radio during my time there usually generates only static. Except one day came the sound of a silken and soulful trumpet, as a station played a haunting ballad, “Narbona,” with unmistakable Navajo phrasing.

The song was the handiwork of the Delbert Anderson Trio, and it felt as if it had arisen from the folds of this land.

The Delbert Anderson Trio receives Jazz Road Grant from South Arts

February 20, 2023 | 8:00 AM EST

Twelve jazz artists and groups receive grants up to $15,000 from South Arts’ national initiative to tour their work across the United States.

Atlanta —February 20, 2023— Today, South Arts is pleased to announce the Winter 2023 Jazz Road Artists—12 artists and ensembles receiving funding from the Jazz Road Tours initiative to promote and tour their artistry around the nation.

Relaunched in 2022 by South Arts with funding from Doris Duke Foundation and the Mellon Foundation, Jazz Road Tours annually supports approximately 50 jazz artists with grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to cover a portion of tour expenses and tighten the pay gap between artists and presenters. Some of these expenses include venue and travel fees, equitable pay for the artists, or costs of management, coordination, and promotion.



Anderson selected to compose film score for New Mexico film COYO.

February 1, 2023 | 10:08 AM MST

A tribal cop once on top of his game. Now down on his luck. And he keeps waking up in places not knowing how he got there?
Anna. Carmen Valdez 
A big City detective from New York who accepted the job in New Mexico. To escape her past. First day on the job she is thrust into a murder investigation. Where are the victims seem to be missing their tongue!
Chief of Police. Ernie Stevens Jr 
A native man who has been on the force 25 years and ready to retire. Seems like the whole town is coming down on him. Because he has not solved the murderers. As the body stack up!
Sherry. Monique Candelaria 
A stripper at the local gentlemen's club. Finds her sister murdered in their apartment. She reaches out to coyo for help.
Amelia.  Candice Neu 
Is a local TV news personality. Trying to solve the mystery. And she will not stop at anything to get her story. She also has a sorted past with coyo. 
Officer Duncan Frankee Romero 
The youngest officer on the force. Seems like it's all he can do to keep the office running. Do his job at the same time.
Sam. Ricky Lee 
A kind of mysterious native man. Who everyone in town is pointing their finger at as being the murderer! skinwalker?

We're very excited about Tracy Bone and Delbert Anderson collaboration on the soundtrack. And the Coyo music video!