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  • 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

  • Wynton to play for United Negro College Fund

    Posted on July 23rd, 2008 | 0

    On July 26, the Wynton Marsalis Quintet will play a benefit concert for United Negro College Fund. The performance will take place at South Orange Peforming Arts Center in South Orange, NJ.
    Personnel is: Wynton Marsalis, trumpet; Ali Jackson, drums; Carlos Henriquez, bass; Walter Blanding, sax; Marc Cary, piano.
    On July 29 Wynton will also tape a PSA for the Spinal Cord Injury Association.

  • Download trailer from Two Men With The Blues DVD

    Posted on July 21st, 2008 | 0

    Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis’s acclaimed collaboration Two Men with the Blues debuted last week at #20 on the Billboard Top 200. Following this success, on September 2008, the video of their first live concert at Lincoln Center will be in stores on DVD!
    Now you can download a trailer from the upcoming DVD 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.
    You can also download the clip directly from this link (MP4 – 45 MB). Right-click on the link if you want to save them on your computer from this page.

    Feel free to listen to an interview to Willie and Wynton on NPR and read an article about the new album on Newsweek

    You can also discuss about the new album and the DVD trailer using the comments to this post or writing in a special thread on our forum.

    On February 9, 2009, Willie and Wynton will perform again at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Tickets will be on sale from JALC web site on August 13, 2008.
    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)

  • Wynton to play and speak in Atlanta

    Posted on July 17th, 2008 | 0

    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.

  • The Marciac Suite: CD, MP3 album and tracks on sale!

    Posted on July 14th, 2008 | 0

    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.

  • Marsalis on Music DVD trailer available for download

    Posted on July 11th, 2008 | 0

    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.

  • Two Men With The Blues in stores now!

    Posted on July 8th, 2008 | 0

    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’s work with the Atlanta Symphony postponed

    Posted on July 4th, 2008 | 0

    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.

  • Download cover artwork for Here…Now

    Posted on July 2nd, 2008 | 0

    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.

  • Wynton and Essentially Ellington 2008 on Guideposts

    Posted on June 30th, 2008 | 0

    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…