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  • Download the first chapter of Wynton’s new book

    Posted on August 26th, 2008 | 0

    Wynton’s new book, entitled “Moving to Higher Ground: How can Jazz change your life” will be in stores on September 2, 2008.
    Feel free to download the first chapter of the book (PDF – 78 kb).
    You can also pre-order the book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

    Following you can find Wynton’s letter to readers of the new book.

    Dear Reader:

    When I first decided to become a musician, at the age of 12 or 13, inspired by my father, and by the New Orleans jazz tradition, I was under the impression that I had only to learn the fundamentals of music—rhythm, melody, harmony, texture—to progress as a musician. What I didn’t know then was that over the next three decades, jazz music would teach me many significant things about living. This book is my attempt to share some of the things I’ve learned through jazz about life.

    Jazz can help us realize the potential of ourselves and of our country. We hear a lot these days about how important it is for Americans to come together. Well, we’ve been doing that on the bandstand for more than a century. Jazz was integrated long before Jackie Robinson made it to the Majors. It is the unique American music form. It can help us, personally and collectively, to move to higher ground. It proves many working metaphors for successful contemporary democratic engagement.

    Central to the music of the great jazz musicians I write about in MOVING TO HIGHER GROUND: How Jazz Can Change Your Life, is the importance of being yourself—of prizing those things that make you unique and that express the truth of who you are—while recognizing the importance of listening to and responding to that same truth from other people. Without that kind of reciprocity, swinging, on stage or in everyday life, is impossible. With it, however, our collective creativity will assuredly take on all types of unimaginable and exciting new forms.

    Jazz gives us soulful insights into history and the human condition. The blues, a universal musical form, was born to heal. Jazz helps you find, or hold on to, the proper balance between your right to have things your own way and your responsibility to respect others, while working with them to improvise toward a common goal. Jazz also demonstrates that great art can be for everybody. It’s both down-home and sophisticated. It deals with elite ideas but is not elite. I have written this book because I believe jazz can change your life, as it has changed mine.

    I hope you will read MOVING TO HIGHER GROUND: How Jazz Can Change Your Life – and let me hear from you.

    Yours in the spirit of swing,
    Wynton Marsalis

  • Wynton to play with Ahmad Jamal at JALC

    Posted on August 22nd, 2008 | 0

    On September 18-20 at 8 p.m., Jazz at Lincoln Center opens its 2008-09 season, with master of jazz piano, Ahmad Jamal, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performing in Rose Theater. On these special evenings, Ahmad Jamal performs with his quartet and also big band arrangements of his tunes which may include “The Aftermath,” “Devil’s In My Den,” “Should I,” Horace Silver’s “Strollin’” and Monty Alexander’s “You Can See” with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. This concert marks the first time Ahmad Jamal has performed at Frederick P. Rose Hall. Opening night events include a pre-concert lecture, led by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra saxophonist Ted Nash, exploring the music of Ahmad Jamal. Pre-concert lectures are free for ticket holders and take place at 7 p.m. on September 18-20 at the Irene Diamond Education Center at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Tickets go on sale August 13, and can be purchased through www.jalc.org or CenterCharge at 212-721-6500.
    Check the complete Wynton’s tour schedule

  • Wynton to record tracks with Natalie Merchant

    Posted on August 21st, 2008 | 0

    On August 25, 2008, Wynton will record 2 tracks with Natalie Merchant for her upcoming album. More to come…

  • Antwerp 2008: Photo and video from the sound check

    Posted on August 17th, 2008 | 0

    Wynton and his quintet o played at the sound check this morning, for the concert that will start at 9 PM at Jazz Middelheim Festival in Antwerp (Belgium). Wynton was also interviewed by the national TV and Radio of Belgium. Following you can check some photos and short video clip from the sound check.

    Wynton Marsalis Quintet – “Sophie-Rose Rosalee”
    [See post to watch Flash video]

  • Marciac 2008: Photos and video from sound check with Richard G…

    Posted on August 13th, 2008 | 0

    Wynton and Richard Galliano rehearsad this afternoon for the concert that will start at 11 PM at Marciac Jazz Festival.
    Following you can check some photos and short video clip from the sound check. Soon we’ll publish the complete video clips from the event.

    Wynton Marsalis and Richard Galliano – “Billie”
    [See post to watch Flash video]

  • Marciac 2008: Photo from rehearsals with Richard Galliano

    Posted on August 13th, 2008 | 0

    Yesterday, Wynton rehearsed with Richard Galliano. The song they rehearsed are: Comes love, La Foule, Them There Eyes, If You Love Me, Miss Brown To You, What a little Moonlight Can Do, Padam, Billie, A Sailboat in the Moonligth, L’Homme á la Moto, Strange Fruit, La Vie en Rose.
    Following you can enjoy some photos from the rehearsals and a short video-clip of Wynton duet with Richard Galliano on the notes of “L’Homme á la Moto”.

    The complete video-clips from the rehearsals will be available soon from our podcast on iTunes.

    Wynton Marsalis and Richard Galliano – L’Homme á la Moto
    [See post to watch Flash video]

  • Marciac 2008: First rehearsal day with the Quintet

    Posted on August 11th, 2008 | 0

    Today, Wynton and his Quintet (Walter Blanding Jr, Dan Nimmer, Carlos Henriquez, Ali Jackson) rehearsed together for the upcoming concert with Richard Galliano. Wynton wrote some nice arrangements (just wrote…) and tomorrow Mr. Galliano will come with his accordion to rehearse with the Quintet. The song they played today are: Them There Eyes, Comes Love, A Sailboat in the Moonlight, Miss Brown to You, What a Little Moonlight Can Do, Strange Fruit, La Foule, La Vie en Rose, Billie. Following you can enjoy some photos from today.

  • Marciac 2008: Photos from Master Class and Septet’s concert

    Posted on August 10th, 2008 | 0

    On August 8, the Wynton Marsalis Septet performed for the concert in Marciac, starting at 11 pm. Wynton, Wes Anderson, Marcus Roberts, Wycliffe Gordon, Reginald Veal and Victor Goines performed wonderfully on that night. The setlist was: Majesty of the Blues, Free to Be, And the Band Played On, Son, Spiritual Awakening, Green Chimneys, Superb Starling, Altar Call, Sunflowers. Encore: Knozz-Moe-King, The Death of Jazz, Oh but On The Third Day (Happy Feet Blues). On August 7, Wynton gave also a Master Class for the new kids at Marciac College.
    Following, you can give a look to some pictures from the master class and the sound check. The complete Marciac 2008 photo slideshow can be found in our gallery, and you can also follow Wynton directly from his twitter account. The video clips will come soon…

    Tomorrow morning, Wynton will start two days of rehearsals with his Quintet for the concert with Richard Galliano, on August 13, 2008.

  • First rehearsal day for Marciac 2008 - Photo and setlist

    Posted on August 6th, 2008 | 0

    Today Wynton and his Septet spent their day in Tarbes (France) to rehearse some songs for their August 8, concert at Marciac Jazz Festival 2008.
    Here you have the set lists of songs they rehearsed:

    - Son (from: In This House, On This Morning)
    – Altar Call (from: In This House, On This Morning)
    – And the Band Played On (from: Blue Interlude)
    – Spiritual Awakening (from: Deep in the Shed – Marcus Roberts)
    – Free To Be (from: The Magic Hour)
    – Superb Starling (from Levee Low Moan)
    – Reflections (from: Marsalis Plays Monk)
    – Four in One (from: Marsalis Plays Monk)
    – The Majesty of Blue (from: The Majesty of the Blues)
    – Sunflower (from: The Marciac Suite
    – Jig’s Jig (from Levee Low Moan)

    Please check also some photos from this afternoon.

    During the rehearsals the band also played a special Happy Birthday for Victor Goines’ Birthday.

  • Wynton is in Marciac with his Septet: Complete schedule

    Posted on August 4th, 2008 | 0

    Wynton and his septet arrived today in Marciac to perform at Marciac Jazz Festival 2008. They arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris early in the morning, and then took a new fly towards the south of France. Following you can find the complete schedule of Wynton’s presence in Marciac.
    You can also be informed in real time of his activities following him on Twitter.


    Wynton waits at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris

    Wynton Marsalis Septet
    August 6

    - 10:00am – 1:00pm Rehearsal
    – 1:00pm – 2:30pm Lunch
    – 2:30pm – 5:30pm Rehearsal

    August 7
    Rehearsal with the Septet

    - 10:00am-1:00pm Rehearsal
    – 5:30p- 6:30p Wynton facilitates a Master Class at the Marciac College for new students.

    August 8

    - 11:00pm Concert one 90 minute set.

    Wynton Marsalis Quintet with Richard Galliano
    August 11

    - 10:00am-1:00pm Rehearsal
    – 1:00pm- 2:30pm Lunch
    – 2:30pm- 5:30pm Rehearsal

    August 12

    - 10:00am-1:00pm Rehearsal
    – 1:00pm- 2:30pm Lunch
    – 2:30pm- 5:30pm Rehearsal

    August 13

    - 11:00pm Concert one 90 minute set.

    Septet personnel is:
    Reginald Veal – Bass; Herlin Riley (Drums); Marcus Roberts (Piano); Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet); Wycliffe Gordon (Trombone); Victor Goines (Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone); Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson (Alto Saxophone)

    Quintet personnel is:
    Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet); Walter Blanding (Tenor Saxophone); Dan Nimmer (Piano); Carlos Herniquez (Bass); Ali Jackson (drums).