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  • 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

  • Wynton’s trumpet solo transcriptions are now available f…

    Posted on June 5th, 2008 | 0

    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.

  • Wynton and JLCO featured on SundayArts

    Posted on May 26th, 2008 | 0

    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

  • Wynton featured on HR Lifestyle Magazine

    Posted on May 23rd, 2008 | 0

    On May, Wynton is featured on the cover for the new number of HR Watches & Luxury Magazine. Give a look to the article about him.

  • Winners of Essentially Ellington 2008 played with Wynton and JLCO

    Posted on May 18th, 2008 | 0

    Two high school jazz bands from Seattle took home the top honors in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 13th Annual Essentially Ellington competition that culminated with a Saturday night concert where they performed with Wynton Marsalis as guest soloist.
    Wynton presented the first-place trophy to Scott Brown, director of the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, during the awards ceremony and concert at Avery Fisher Hall. Seattle’s Garfield High School Jazz Band took second place, but it boasted the winner of the Outstanding Soloist Award in clarinetist and tenor saxophonist Carl Majeau. The third-place trophy went to the Sun Prairie High School Jazz Band from Wisconsin.

    Wynton judges the performers (photo: Sue Frause on Flickr)

    Saturday afternoon, May 17, Wynton announced the top three bands without revealing who won first, second or third. The winner announcement followed the concert later that night, when the top three bands performed with him and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

    The Essentially Ellington competition began Thursday with a pep talk from Wynton, followed by workshops and rehearsals with Jazz at Lincoln Center mentors, a banquet and a jam session. Friday’s activities included an open rehearsal with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
    At night, students fanned out to jazz clubs and Broadway shows, taking in everything from “Phantom of the Opera” to trumpeter Tom Harrell, at the Village Vanguard.

    Second place: Garfield High School Jazz Band performs (photo: Sue Frause on Flickr)

    Student performances were judged by a panel of four: Wynton Marsalis; composer, arranger, conductor and Ellington authority David Berger; Reggie Thomas, a professor of music at Southern Illinois University; and renowned clarinetist and band leader Bob Wilber.
    This year, participating bands had a choice of six Ellington compositions to perform, including “Blue Serge,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “The Mooche,” and “Theme from ‘The Asphalt Jungle.’”

    At Saturday night’s concert, the JALC orchestra performed compositions chosen for next year’s competition that for the first time will feature not only Ellington works but also tunes by Benny Carter, including “Symphony in Riffs” and “Movin’ Uptown.”

    Roosevelt High School

    Garfield High School

    Sun Prairie High School

    Shorewood High School


    Winner of the Ella Fitzgerald Outstanding Soloist Award
    Clarinet and Tenor, Garfield High School, Carl Majeau

    On Clarinet
    Honorable Mention Clarinet:
    Stephen F. Austin High School, Stuart Davis
    Roosevelt High School, Alex Dugdale

    Outstanding Clarinet:
    Medfield High School, Erika Santucci

    On Alto Saxophone
    Honorable Mention Alto Saxophone:
    Roosevelt High School, Wyatt Palmer

    Outstanding Alto Saxophone:
    Mountlake Terrace High School, Jory Tindall
    Douglass Anderson School of the Arts, Darren Escar
    Sun Prairie High School, Michael Nonte

    On Tenor Saxophone
    Outstanding Tenor Saxophone:
    Mountlake Terrace High School, Ben Walters
    Stephen F. Austin High School, Matt Kennon

    On Flute
    Outstanding Flute: Eau Claire Memorial High School, Cheng Cheng

    On Trumpet
    Honorable Mention Trumpet:
    Roosevelt High School, Corey Dansereau
    Garfield High School, Riley Mulherkar
    Champaign Central High School, Cassie Bugbee

    Outstanding Trumpet:
    Garfield High School, Zuben Hensler
    Agoura High School, Mor Frankie

    On French Horn
    Outstanding French Horn:
    River East Collegiate, Olivia Orton

    On Trombone
    Honorable Mention Trombone:
    Sun Prairie High School, Trae Titus

    Outstanding Trombone:
    Douglass Anderson School of the Arts, T.J. Norris
    Garfield High School, Jake Linde
    Dekalb High School, Sam Crittenden

    On Piano
    Honorable Mention Piano:
    Medfield High School, Matt Aucoin
    Roosevelt High School, Gus Carns

    Outstanding Piano:
    Garfield High School, Ben Hamaji
    Douglass Anderson School of the Arts, Jahann Sweet

    On Bass
    Outstanding Bass:
    River East Collegiate, Cole Ridd
    Agoura High School, Nicole Saphos

    On Drums
    Outstanding Drums: Douglass Anderson School of the Arts, Jeremy Smith

    On Banjo
    Outstanding Banjo: Sun Prairie High School, Ben Acton

    Outstanding Tap Dancers
    Roosevelt High School, Alex Dugdale, Ethan Kahn


    Hall High School
    Garfield High School

    Shorewood High School
    Garfield High School

    Dekalb High School
    Champaign Central High School
    South Whidbey High School
    Sun Prairie High School

    Sun Prairie High School
    Roosevelt High School

    New category: Doubler/Tripler
    Honorable Mention, Doublers:
    On Tenor & Alto, Dekalb High School, Jeff Miguel
    On Clarinet & Alto, Eau Claire Memorial High School, Simon Adler

    Outstanding Doublers:
    On Baritone & Alto, Shorewood High School, Brad Murphy
    On Tenor & Clarinet, River East Collegiate, Clay Ridd

    Outstanding Tripler:
    On Clarinet, Alto & Tenor, Champaign Central High School, Michael Anderson

    In addition, Jazz at Lincoln Center recognized the winner of the seventh Essentially Ellington Essay Contest.
    The contest invited students from all participating high schools to submit an essay describing a personal experience with jazz. Jazz at Lincoln Center received 53 essays from which esteemed historian, author, editor, archivist and Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University DAN MORGENSTERN chose the winners. As the 1st place winner for the winning essay entitled “What It’s All About,” Kelsey Van Dalfsen (Mountlake Terrace High School) was invited to name a seat in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and read her essay at the opening of the festival on Thursday, May 15, 2008.

    For more information visit the Annual Essentially Ellington Student Essay Contest.

    Also, for the first time in the history of Essentially Ellington, Parsons School of Design student Marie Shirato created the design campaign for the program that was used in posters, advertisements, t-shirts, etc. Shirato’s design was chosen by Jazz at Lincoln Center from a large number of Parsons student submissions. This special collaboration between Parsons School of Design and Jazz at Lincoln Center will continue annually.

  • Congo Square trailer available for download

    Posted on May 16th, 2008 | 0

    The new Congo Square DVD is in stores, as you know, and we are able to show you a trailer through our podcast.
    The new video-clip 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 automatically. If you are not subscribed, subscribe to Wynton’s podcast for free on iTunes Music Store, to download the Congo Square trailer and many other interesting video clips automatically (advised).

    You can also download the clip directly from this link (MP4 – 76 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.

    We also did some changes on the files-list of our podcast. If you are using iTunes and want to be sure to have the latest list of files available, collapse the podcast by clicking the triangle, and then expand it while holding the shift key (on Windows) or option key (on Mac). This will cause iTunes to totally update the podcast.

    The Congo Square DVD and CD are available now in stores. Check them in our discography section for more buying info.
    This DVD capture a dunamic 2 hour performance of Congo Square at the 2007 Montreal Jazz Festival, featuring Wynton, the JLCO and Yacub Addy with Odadaa!