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  • 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…

  • Wynton interviewed on the road by Straight.com

    Posted on June 26th, 2008 | 0

    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.

    Read the complete interview on Straight.com web site.
    About his concert in Vancouver, tonight, the Vancouver Sun publishes an article and the transcript of an interview to Wynton.

  • Wynton to start the USA Summer tour with JLCO

    Posted on June 18th, 2008 | 0

    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

  • Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans

    Posted on June 14th, 2008 | 0

    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.

  • Wynton and Willie to play at Tonight Show

    Posted on June 10th, 2008 | 0

    On July 10, 2008, Wynton and Willie Nelson will perform on NBC for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, to promote their upcoming album: Two Men With The Blues