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  • Wynton celebrates the Jazz Tradition and Culture of “Steeltown”

    Posted on February 9th, 2006 in Concerts

    Jazz at Lincoln Center continues to celebrate the tributary cities of jazz with the From The Heart of Steeltown: Pittsburgh Festival on February 16, 17 & 18 at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Broadway at 60th St. in New York City. This festival focuses on Pittsburgh’s long history in jazz and the many famous names that have come from Steeltown including Billy Strayhorn, songwriter Billy Eckstine, Mary Lou Williams and percussionist Art Blakey, with whom Wynton spent his early days.   Keep reading »

  • Musician Wants to Bring Music Back to New Orleans

    Posted on February 4th, 2006 in Profiles & Interviews

    New Orleans is known around the world as a birthplace of jazz. Hurricane Katrina scattered many of the city’s musicians and artists across the country. Fewer than 300 of the city’s pre-Katrina population of over 2,000 musicians have returned. But the city, as part of its recovery effort, is trying to get more of them back. Revitalizing the culture of New Orleans is the goal of the Bring Back New Orleans Cultural committee.   Keep reading »

  • All About Jazz reviews LCJO Chicago’s concert

    Posted on February 4th, 2006 in Review | 1

    The endless debate about Wynton Marsalis shows no sign of ever abating. Whether the Lincoln Center musical director/trumpeter is the greatest heir to the jazz tradition or a curmudgeonly and didactic reactionary who’s declared himself the final authority and what jazz is and, especially, isn’t, probably depends on your point of view. One thing, though, is certain: he and the 15-piece Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra put on a consistently good show. The band’s performance at Chicago’s Symphony Center was pretty typical of what they do: impeccably played, large-ensemble arrangements of the jazz-composer canon; smaller-group performances of the same; beautiful, crystal-clear horn voicings; a great drummer (currently Ali Jackson); a host of very good soloists, including Marsalis; and, yes, lots of spoken explanation from the musical director about the composers, the history of jazz, and why what the group is playing is good. Marsalis is wordy, and in his teaching mode, he can be annoying. But he’s usually pretty affable and often droll; certainly he shows no sign on the bandstand of being any sort of martinet, despite the band’s whip-tight playing.   Keep reading »

  • Photos from the JLCO tour in Japan

    Posted on February 2nd, 2006 in Photo

    As you know, Wynton is now in Yokohama (Japan) to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO).   Keep reading »

  • Live at The House of Tribes reviewed on All About Jazz

    Posted on February 2nd, 2006 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis’ dominance seems at times so complete that it’s easy to either become suspicious of the musician represented by the vita sheet, or take it as a given that he’s the world’s greatest trumpet player, if not music-maker. Live at the House of Tribes offers little conclusive evidence for either position, but it certainly makes the case for a non-controversial middle ground.   Keep reading »

  • A new iTunes exclusive: Wynton’s Live Session

    Posted on January 27th, 2006 in Music | 14

    Wynton and his quartet recorded three exclusive tracks for this iTunes session, including Sparks, the song featured in the ad. Also included is a unique behind-the-scenes video of the ad recording session and Wynton discusses his jazz influences, a performance at an Apple Keynote in late 2005 and the TV itself.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton interviewed by Chicago Tribune

    Posted on January 27th, 2006 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    Wynton Marsalis is the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize in music. He’s got a basketful of Grammys. And he’s become the music director of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, which lands in Chicago for two gigs this weekend. So is there anything he can’t do? You bet. He can’t get his kids to stay awake during a symphony concert.   Keep reading »

  • Video from Wynton’s speech at Tulane University

    Posted on January 21st, 2006 in Speech, Video | 3

    Tulane University - This video captures the absolute brilliance on the night of January 16, 2006.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s speech at Tulane University in New Orleans

    Posted on January 17th, 2006 in Speech, Video | 3

    Most of you have returned at a time when many would have stayed away,” Wynton said monday night at an event on Tulane’s campus welcoming back the city’s students, before playing a set with a band that included his pianist father, Ellis. Today, he and the rest of the Cultural Subcommittee of Mayor Nagin’s Bring New Orleans Back committee will present their work to the Mayor and the City of New Orleans.   Keep reading »

  • “Detroit Motor City Jazz” broadcasted on WBGO

    Posted on January 13th, 2006 in Music | 3

    Tomorrow January 14 at 8pm WBGO will live broadcast (Real Player required) the last evening of the concert series Detroit Motor City Jazz from Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis features Ron Carter, Marcus Belgrave, Curtis Fuller, Charles McPherson and Yusef Lateef.   Keep reading »