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  • 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).

  • Wynton’s music scores for big band available for rental

    Posted on July 30th, 2008 | 0

    Some of Wynton’s most important jazz and classical compositions for big band are now available for rental from Boosey & Hawkes. New music scores available include:

    - All Rise (1999) for big band, gospel choir, and symphony orchestra
    – At the Octoroon Balls (1995) for string quartet
    – Blood on the Fields (1997) for jazz big band and 3 vocalists
    – Congo Square (2006) for jazz band and African ensemble

    Please check Wynton’s sheet-music section for more info. Jazz scores in PDF have now a special price if you buy the complete album. Check it!

  • Pre-order Wynton’s new book: Moving to Higher Ground

    Posted on July 24th, 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. It will be published by The Random House Publishing Group. From now is already possible to pre-order the book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Next week we’ll also publish some excerpts from the new book.

    “In this book I hope to reach a new audience with the positive message of America’s greatest music, to show how great musicians demonstrate on the bandstand a mutual respect and trust that can alter your outlook on the world and enrich every aspect of your life–from individual creativity and personal relationships to conducting business and understanding what it means to be American in the most modern sense.”

    – Wynton Marsalis


    Advance praise for Moving to Higher Ground

    “An absolute joy to read. Intimate, knowledgeable, supremely worthy of its subject. In addition to demolishing mediocre, uniformed critics, Moving to Higher Ground is a meaningful contribution to music scholarship.”
    –Toni Morrison

    “I think it should be in every bookstore, music store, and school in the country.”
    –Tony Bennett

    “Jazz, for Wynton Marsalis, is nothing less than a search for wisdom. He thinks as forcefully, and as elegantly, as he swings. When he reflects on improvisation, his subject is freedom. When he reflects on harmony, his subject is diversity and conflict and peace. When he reflects on the blues, his subject is sorrow and the mastery of it–how to be happy without being blind. There is philosophy in Marsalis’s trumpet, and in this book. Here is the lucid and probing voice of an uncommonly soulful man.”
    –Leon Wieseltier, literary editor, The New Republic

    “Wynton Marsalis is absolutely the person who should write this book. Here he is, as young as morning, as fresh as dew, and already called one of the jazz greats. He is not only a seer and an exemplary musician, but a poet as well. He informs us that jazz was created, among other things, to expose the hypocrisy and absurdity of racism and other ignorances in our country. Poetry was given to human beings for the same reason. This book could be called “How Love Can Change Your Life,” for there could be no jazz without love. By love, of course, I do not mean mush, or sentimentality. Love can only exist with courage, and this book could not be written without Wynton Marsalis’s courage. He has the courage to make powerful music and to love the music so, that he willingly shares its riches with the entire human family. We are indebted to him.”
    –Maya Angelou