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  • New recording session on January 6-7, 2009

    Posted on December 22nd, 2008 | 0

    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 to play with Wynton and Willie Nelson

    Posted on December 18th, 2008 | 0

    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.

  • Wynton interviewed by Ethan Iverson

    Posted on December 15th, 2008 | 0

    Last August, pianist Ethan Iverson sat down with Wynton and started working on the following collection of posts. Contents include:

    • Interview with Wynton Marsalis (Part one): Detailed discussion with audio clips of Wynton’s latest major opus, Congo Square, a two-CD set combining the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Odadaa! (the West African drum ensemble led by Yacub Addy).

    • Interview with Wynton Marsalis (Part two): A casual blindfold test of classic trumpet solos including Wynton’s decoding of improvising procedures on the legendary “Knozz-Moe-King” from Live at Blues Alley. This section also includes general thoughts on race and education from Wynton.

    The “J” Word: An introduction to the following side posts.

    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.

  • Wynton featured on Wall Street Journal’s campaign

    Posted on December 9th, 2008 | 0

    Last year, the Wall Street Journal has launched a new campaign, “Every Journey Needs a Journal”, that showed the paths celebrities lives have taken, and how people you might not consider to be WSJ reader value it to guide them on that journey. The campaign featured the personal “stories”, bios and behind-the-scene video of some notable folks such as Wynotn, Jake Burton, Cheryl Crow, Kenneth Cole, Steven Levitt, Alice Waters, Paul Teutul Sr.
    Following you can watch Wynton’s video clip for that WSJ campaign…

    The video clips is also downloadable for iPod directly from WSJ web site

  • Wynton to perform with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    Posted on December 5th, 2008 | 0

    On December 17-21, 2008, Wynton and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) will join with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for a live music celebration of America’s two great art forms – modern dance and jazz music. This special week is a highlight of Ailey’s 50th anniversary season at New York City Center, December 3 through January 4. It will feature two different programs:

    • Program A (December 17, December 19, December 21 mat):
      Night Creature; Reflections in D; excerpts from Caravan, The Mooche, The Road of the Phoebe Snow, Pas de Duke, Three Black Kings; Revelations.

    • Program B (December 18, December 20 eve, December 21 eve):
      The River; excerpts from Caravan, The Mooche, The Road of the Phoebe Snow, Pas de Duke, Three Black Kings; Revelations

    Both programs will also feature live music for Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece Revelations, performed by the Riverside Church Inspirational Choir and conducted by Eric Reed. More info about tickets on Alvin Ailey web site

    Wynton and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater already collaborated in the past. On 2001 Wynton was commissioned to write the music for a ballet entitled Here..Now. That music is available for free exclusively from Wynton’s site.

    Wynton about Alvin Ailey:
    “I met Alvin in the 1980s, and we had many conversations, although I really wasn’t sophisticated enough at the time to understand everything. He spoke about the importance of maintaining tradition and culture while not believing in segregation. He knew that African-American culture was fundamentally located in the heart of American culture and that to love one did not mean that you didn’t love the other.
    That had a tremendous influence on me as a young man. This season we are playing Ellington for the company. He is the foundation of American orchestral music, encyclopedic in his use of the vernacular. That’s one of the many things that Alvin understood.”

  • Wynton to play for Dr. George Butler at Dizzy’s Jazz Club

    Posted on December 2nd, 2008 | 0

    On December 8, 2008, at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Wynton and his Quintet (Walter Blanding, sax; Dan Nimmer, piano; Carlos Henriquez, bass; Ali Jackson, drums) will play to remember Dr. George Butler.
    Mr. Butler, a prominent jazz record executive for the Columbia, Blue Note and United Artists labels from the late 1960s to the late 1990s, died last April 9, 2008. He was instrumental in signing Wynton to Columbia.

  • Wynton to perform for Brooks Brothers

    Posted on November 30th, 2008 | 0

    On Thursday, December 4, 2008, Wynton and his Quintet will perform at Brooks Brothers Store.
    The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Brooks Brothers Store, 346 Madison Ave, New York City.

  • Wynton to perform at TransAfrica Forum Gala

    Posted on November 28th, 2008 | 0

    On December 3, 2008, Wyton and his Quintet will perform at TransAfrica Forum Gala in Washington, DC.
    The concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC (400 New Jersey Avenue, NW).
    TransAfrica Forum, Inc. serves as an educational and organizing center that encourages progressive viewpoints in the United States foreign policy arena and advocates justice for the people of Africa and the African Diaspora.

  • Wynton named “Best Jazz Artist” at the First Annua…

    Posted on November 27th, 2008 | 0

    BET J bridged the worlds of music and virtual reality to bring viewers its first ever awards show, the BET J VIRTUAL AWARDS, premiered on BET J on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET, followed by an encore online broadcast at 10:00 p.m. ET on BET.com
    Congratulations to Wynton for being named “Best Jazz Artist” at this First Annual BET J Virtual Awards!.
    The nominees in his category were: Chris Botti, Harry Connick Jr., Patti Austin, Stanley Clarke, Tony Bennett and Wynton Marsalis.

  • Wynton’s video clip for “Just ask the Locals”

    Posted on November 25th, 2008 | 0

    NYC & Company – the City’s marketing, tourism and partnership organization – launched the third phase of the Just Ask The Locals tourist appreciation campaign. The campaign, which features local New York City celebrities and experts offering insider tips and suggestions on what to see and do around the five boroughs, has expanded its online presence to include real-time mobile events updates and enhanced content.

    Following you can watch Wynton’s video clip for this campaign and on the Nycgo.com web site you can read his recommendations about great places to have great jazz and food around NY City…

    Other participating locals include actress Cynthia Nixon, Bravo’s Top Chef hosts Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, Tony Award-winning creator/star of In The Heights Lin-Manuel Miranda, chef Mario Batali, Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion (organizers of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) Fern Mallis and Sesame Street icons Big Bird and Elmo.

    The campaign will run on bus shelters, street pole banners, taxi monitors, airport postings and other media across the five boroughs and is supported by American Express®.