Wynton now is in Atlanta to rehearse with his quintet and members of Atlanta Simphony Orchestra.
On Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodruff Arts Center – Symphony Hall, they will perform music from the CDs “The Midnight Blues” and “Hot House Flowers”, featuring Wynton, Walter Blanding on saxophone, Dan Nimmer on piano, Carlos Henriquez on bass, and Ali Jackson on drums.
On July 20, Princeton professor Cornel West and Wynton sit down to discuss artists and the Civil Rights continuum with Carrie Mae Weems.
As you know, like every year, next August Wynton will play in Marciac. This year the famous Marciac Suite album is on sale directly from this web site.
You are now able to buy the CD, the complete MP3 album or single MP3 tracks. All tracks are 256 kbs VBR and are DRM-Free. Complete album costs $8.99 and each single track $0.99 . Links to download the MP3 files will be available immediately after paying on Paypal.
A sonic photo album in 13 movements, all 12 keys, and four time signatures, The Marciac Suite is Wynton’s kaleidoscopic tribute to the beautiful medieval town of Marciac, France, and its August jazz festival in which he participates every year. Written for his septet, the suite captures the varied, bracing flavors of Marciac’s paté (including the duck that got away), its armagnac, its striking sunflower fields and, most of all, the hospitality and soulfulness of its people.
The famous series entitled “Marsalis on Music”, in which Wynton explains the fundamentals of music to middle school audiences, is available as four-DVD boxed set. We produced a trailer to show you an excerpt from the videos.
The new trailer is available directly from our podcast on iTunes Music Store (open directly in iTunes). If you are already subscribed to the podcast, simply update your subscription on iTunes to download the new video-clip automatically. If you are not subscribed, subscribe to Wynton’s podcast for free on iTunes Music Store, to download theMarsalis on Music trailer and many other interesting video clips automatically (advised).
You can also download the clip directly from this link (MP4 – 31 MB). Right-click on the link if you want to save them on your computer from this page. Quicktime 7 is required to view the video clip.
Even if the 4 DVD are region 1, they play perfectly on USA and EUROPE players, on computer DVD players or table DVD players as well.
Marsalis on Music DVD series is available directly from Amazon.com.
The companion book + CD is also available on Amazon.
Check the video section for a complete list of Wynton’s DVDs available.
The new album by Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis is now available in stores! Released today by Blue Note Records, Two Men with the Blues features Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis recorded live in The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. In our dedicated page you can find all the info about the new album and buying links for Amazon and iTunes.
We are also happy to announce that, by popular demand, they’re back! Catch Willie and Wynton live in Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis: Two Men with the Blues in a very special one night concert on February 9, 2009 in Rose Theater. Tickets will go on sale to the public on August 13th!
To hear what you might have missed the first time around, listen to Willie and Wynton on Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio! (real player required)
Willie and Wynton will also appear on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno!” airing Thursday July 10th. Check your local listings.
If you buy the new album, feel free to discuss it using the comments to this post or writing in a special thread on our forum.
MasterCard cardholders have early access to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2008-09 season concert tickets including this special Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis performance when using their MasterCard card to purchase tickets.
This offer is valid July 21 – August 13, 2008.
Willie Nelson will also replace Natalie Cole, who was scheduled to appear as a special guest with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday, July 9, 2008. Natalie Cole has been forced to cancel due to illness.
Wynton has postponed the world premiere of his “American Symphony,” his first all-orchestral work. It was originally scheduled to be performed July 19 by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and conductor Robert Spano at the National Black Arts Festival, with repeat performances Nov. 6 and 7 during the ASO’s 2008-09 main season. The premiere is to be rescheduled (dates to be announced).
As planned, the new work will be recorded by Telarc. It’s a co-commission by the ASO and Boston Symphony, with additional funding from the NBAF.
On Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in Symphony Hall, Music Director Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform as part of Atlanta’s National Black Arts Festival 20th Anniversary Season. The program will feature Mr. Spano leading the Orchestra performing music from the CDs “The Midnight Blues” and “Hot House Flowers”, featuring Wynton and his quartet including Walter Blanding on saxophone, Dan Nimmer on piano, Carlos Henriquez on bass, and Ali Jackson on drums.
Mr. Spano will also lead the Orchestra in Christopher Theofanidis’ Rainbow Body. (tickets: $20 – more info here)
On July 20, Princeton professor Cornel West and Wynton sit down to discuss artists and the Civil Rights continuum with Carrie Mae Weems. (tickets: $20) West is described as an “intellectual provocateur” outside of academia. He has written and edited more than 20 books, including Race Matters and Democracy Matters. His most recent CD entitled “Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations” combines hip-hop and intellectual dialogue and features Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000 and Talib Kweli to name a few.
You can now download the original cover artwork for Wynton’s web-only album entitled: Here…Now.
Here…Now., is a ballet choreographed by Judith Jamison for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Wynton created the music. The piece is dedicated to and inspired by the triple Gold medalist at the 1988 Olympics, runner Florence Griffith Joyner.
As you know, all the tracks are freely downloadable from our site only.
If you already downloaded the tracks, you can now grab the cover artwork (jpeg, 224k) and use it when browsing the album in your MP3 player.
Guideposts, the magazine founded on 1945 by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, produced a two part video, covering the last Essentially Ellington competition, performed on May 2008 at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Give a look to the following video-clips…
Wynton is actually traveling Canada, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. While in his car, he was interviewed by phone by the Vancouver’s site Straight.com.
There are three or four sources of basic creativity for everyone. One is the sound of our own particular era, that we all share because we grew up in a certain time. Another is the things that came before us, in all categories of art.
On June 20, 2008, Wynton and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) will start the 2008 USA Summer tour from Ottawa (from June 20 through July 14).
They will also play in Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, etc.. Check the complete tour schedule with more info about venues. On July 1, they will also perform in Seattle for the SummerFest 2008. Give a look to the nice anecdotes Mark O’Connor tells about Wynton and his CD on Seattle Symphony Blog. Setlists for the Summer tour 2008 will be published on a daily basis in our FORUM.
Please 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. (July 8 date in San Diego just added)
Natalie Cole, who was scheduled to appear as a special guest with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday, July 9, 2008, has been forced to cancel due to illness. Natalie Cole is replaced by Willie Nelson.
Personnel for JLCO Summer Tour 2008 is:
Wynton Marsalis, music director, trumpet
Sean Jones, trumpet
Ryan Kisor, trumpet
Marcus Printup, trumpet
Ron Westray/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
Wynton was executive producer on this film (it’s a documentary by Dawn Logsdon and Lolis Eric Elie) which was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival and one other film festival in San Francisco this spring.
Wynton came on board really early and agreed to be Executive Producer (along with Stanley Nelson) as a favor to writer, Lolis Eric Elie.
Lolis and director, Dawn Logsdon went to school with Wynton at Franklin High School in New Orleans. Lolis was also a tour manager for Wynton’s band many years ago. Wynton is interviewed in the movie, too.
Give a look to the trailer…
You can order a DVD of the film on Serendipity Flms LLC
Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans is riveting tale of hope, heartbreak and resiliency set in New Orleans’ most fascinating neighborhood. Shot largely before Hurricane Katrina and edited afterwards, the film is both celebratory and elegiac in tone. Faubourg Tremé is arguably the oldest black neighborhood in America, the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement in the South and the home of jazz. While the Tremé district was damaged when the levees broke, this is not another Katrina documentary. Every frame is a tribute to what African American communities have contributed even under the most hostile of conditions.. It is a film of such effortless intimacy, subtle glances and authentic details that only two native New Orleanians could have made it.
Directed by Dawn Logsdon
Co-Directed & Written by Lolis Eric Elie
Produced by Lucie Faulknor, Dawn Logsdon, & Lolis Eric Elie
Edited by Dawn Logsdon, Sam Green & Aljernon Tunsil
Directors of Photography: Diego Velasco, Keith Smith & Bobby Shepard
Executive Producers: Stanley Nelson & Wynton Marsalis
Original Score by Derrick Hodge
WINNER: 2008 San Francisco International Film Festival and San Francisco Black Film Festival.
It will also be broadcast on PBS February 2009.