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The Delbert Anderson Trio made it to the final 10 of NPR's “10 more tiny desk contest entries we loved.”

Native Band Makes Top 10 in NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest

Jason Asenap

NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” seeks music video submissions every year from amateur musicians across the country. The Native-led band, The Delbert Anderson Trio made it to the final 10 of the “10 more tiny desk contest entries we loved.”

Rachel Horn and Benajin Naddaf-Hafrey curated the top -10 list and chose The Delbert Anderson Trio, a jazz fusion band led by Navajo trumpeter Delbert Anderson. The announcement of the top 10 includes a note from the NPR website about Anderson's selection: “The song ‘Roadrunner’ makes it evident that these artists also share a forward-thinking restlessness and a refusal to be parceled into neat boxes.”

Anderson told ICTMN the music video was very experimental and rap artist Def-I (who joined them on the song) was still tinkering with the lyrics the day of recording.

“The end result was an improvisational song about life on the road as a musician. The trio played very well and Def-i was flawless,” said Anderson.

With the inclusion of Def-I, the newly formed, DDAT (Delbert Anderson Trio and Def-i) has received a ton of positive feedback about the video, which has encouraged the band to keep producing music together.

Anderson says, “Although we didn’t win overall, the guys were happy with the honorable mention.”

DDAT is scheduled to play on stage 49 at Gathering of Nations this year:

Stage 49 (April 29th, Friday) 4:45 - 5:15            

Stage 49 (April 30th, Saturday) 3:30 - 4:00   


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