Wynton is now in Washington, DC, to play for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Following you can find a quote from Wynton’s commentary about the role of jazz music, democracy and the presidential inauguration, published yesterday on CNN. You can also give a look to the interview he gave for the Huffington Post.
On the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, let’s recognize the pernicious effects of separating people by generic categories. In the fields of science and technology, we accept that one generation builds on another. But in the popular worlds of culture, there’s a generation war in which “young” is considered energetic and good and “old” equals passé and tired. So inaccurate. Culture provides a stream of forever-fresh ideas. The generations need one another…….
……President Obama’s inauguration is not a beginning, but the continuation of a glorious history that is hallmarked by the American people’s desire to be one. Our Constitution demands it. And it forces us to a life much greater than the Founding Fathers could have possibly imagined. In the words of Duke Ellington, supreme master of the blues, “The people are my people.” Hallelujah.
Today, Wynton and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) will start the January 2009 USA tour from Wilmington (from January 15 through January 30). They are going to perform at Kenan Auditorium tonight.
They will also play in Charleston, Virginia Beach, Chapel Hill, Washington, Miami, etc.. Check the complete tour schedule with more info about venues. On January 19, they will perform in Washington on the occasion of the Presidential Inauguration.
You can follow Wynton daily on his tour, through his Twitter account.
Feel free to send us comments, reviews and photos with Wynton if you are going to attend one of the concerts. They will be published here and on Wynton’s Flickr gallery. The set lists for the concerts will be published on the Forum.
Personnel for JLCO January 2009 tour is:
Wynton Marsalis, music director, trumpet
Sean Jones, trumpet
Ryan Kisor, trumpet
Marcus Printup, trumpet
Vincent Gardner, trombone
Chris Crenshaw, trombone
Elliot Mason, trombone
Sherman Irby, alto saxophone
Ted Nash, alto and soprano saxophones, clarinet
Walter Blanding, tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinet
Victor Goines, tenor and soprano saxophones, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet
Joe Temperley, baritone and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet
Dan Nimmer, piano
Carlos Henriquez, bass
Ali Jackson, drums
Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Rockefeller Foundation today announced the full slate of performers that will take part in “A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA” in the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater on the occasion of the Presidential Inauguration and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 19, 2009 at 7 p.m.
Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance have been confirmed as hosts. The following artists have been confirmed: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bela Fleck, Cassandra Wilson, Chorale Le Chateau of New York City conducted by Damien Sneed, Dave Brubeck, Dianne Reeves, Don Vappie, Dr. Michael White, Foxborough (MA) High School Jazz Ensemble, Francesco Cafiso, Freddy Cole, Giovanni Hidalgo, Grace Kelly, Herlin Riley, Jared Grimes, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jessye Norman, Jonathan Batiste, Lucian Barberin, Marcus Gilmore, Mark O’Connor, Odadaa! with Yacub Addy, Paquito D’Rivera with Diego Urcola, Alex Brown, Oscar Stagnaro, and Mark Walker, Roy Haynes and Shannon Powell.
The evening’s cornerstone will be interchange between Wynton and Justice O’Connor. They will share the stage with a select group of celebrated artists whose repertoire selections will support the discussion about the values of civil society and the principles of democracy that jazz embodies.
“A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA” was inspired by an impromptu conversation about jazz and democracy that took place between Wynton Marsalis and Rockefeller Foundation board member retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at a recent dinner. Mr. Marsalis and Justice O’Connor believe passionately that the basic tenets of American democracy and America’s music are one and the same. There is no better time to celebrate this theme than on this evening that will look back at the life of one of the greatest of all Americans, and forward to a new era under a new President of the United States. And there is no better way to celebrate it than through what Dr. King, himself, called America’s ‘triumphant music’ – jazz.
“A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA” by Jazz at Lincoln Center is made possible through the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation.
BBC World News America is asking personalities from various walks of life to tell president-elect Barack Obama what they think he should do when he takes up his new job on 20 January.
Tuesday, January 13, 7pm and 10pm ET (check your cable listings for channel), Wynton is interviewed on “Notes to President Obama” on BBC WORLD NEWS
If you use an iPhone and love Wynton, now you can download five awesome images to use as wallpaper on your iPhone.
Simply click on the following thumbnails to open the full size wallpaper and download your favorite image on your computer…
Wynton will make guest appearance on “DL Hughley Breaks the News” on CNN.
Saturday, January 10, 10pmET and Sunday, January 11, 11pmET
Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Rockefeller Foundation will present “A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA” in the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater on the occasion of the Presidential Inauguration and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 19, 2009 live on CNN at 7 p.m.
The evening’s program will look back on the life of one of the greatest of all Americans, and forward to a new era under a new President. An all-star cast will illustrate that American democracy and America’s music – jazz – share the same tenets and embody the same potential for change, hope and renewal, which Dr. King himself called America’s “triumphant music.” Special guest stars will be announced shortly.
Next January 6-7, 2009, Wynton will be in studio with his quintet for a new recording session. Before hitting the studio the quintet will have two rehearsals days on January 4-5. More info about the recordings to come in the next months.
Norah Jones will make a special guest appearance at the Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis concerts at Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center on February 9 and February 10 at 8 p.m.
Norah Jones is scheduled to perform a selection of songs on both nights. The concert is part of Blue Note 70th Anniversary events taking place throughout New York.
In January 2007, Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis performed live in The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the event was recorded for the CD Two Men with the Blues released on Blue Note Records and for the DVD Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City released on Eagle Eye Media, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Eagle Rock Entertainment.
Last August, pianist Ethan Iverson sat down with Wynton and started working on the following collection of posts. Contents include:
1. Young Lion jazz of the 1980’s: Wynton, Branford, Ralph, Tain, Mulgrew, Kirkland, Donald Brown, Garrett, etc.
2. Four Early Wynton Marsalis/Jeff Watts Records: Made over twenty years ago, they still sound fresh today.
3. Current Perceptions: A call for respect.
4. An Old Feud: The Marsalis juggernaut versus the AACM.
5. Reading the Black Jazz Writers: Murray, Crouch, Ellison, Baraka, Spellman, Lewis, etc.