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.
The first series of Wynton’s most famous trumpet solos is now available for purchase. The solos are available in B Flat and in concert pitch.
They cost $5 only and are in PDF format. Following your purchase you will be able to download the music to your computer and print right in your home. The available solo transcriptions are: Black Codes, Delfeayo’s Dilemma, Later, Big Fat Hen and Free to Be.
This week’s edition of SundayArts Profile – the weekly series on New York’s public television station Thirteen (WNET) feature Wynton and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Give a look to their video-clip