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  • New York Diarist: Strength in Swing

    Posted on November 7th, 2005 in Profiles & Interviews

    Immediately following the landing of Hurricane Katrina, I received hundreds of phone calls from all over the world. They offered sympathy and resources. I don’t get those phone calls now. The ones I receive now are rife with disgust at bureaucratic fumbling, with rage at an unspecified they who are in charge of everything from predicting which levees would break to choosing which people will return. They made it happen.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton at Norwich Free Academy

    Posted on November 4th, 2005 in Speech

    Yesterday, Wynton visited the Norwich Free Academy as part of the school’s Sesquicentennial Anniversary Music Celebration. Wynton spoke to students and presented a critique of the student jazz band. Here are two reviews of the event from Norwich Bullettin and The Day.com You can also visit the Norwich Free Academyy web site, to enjoy more photos from the event.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton and Garth Fagan Dance performing Griot New York

    Posted on November 4th, 2005 in Concerts

    On November 9, 2005, the choreographer Garth Fagan celebrates his 35th-anniversary season with a one-night-only reprise of Griot New York, with live music by the Wynton Marsalis Septet, at Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall.   Keep reading »

  • The fan club beginnings… Part V (Second line with Olympia Brass Band)

    Posted on November 3rd, 2005 in Video

    Perugia, 1993. Wynton, with Wycliffe Gordon and Wessel Anderson playing the Second Line with Olympia Brass Band.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis plays hall to perfection

    Posted on November 3rd, 2005 in Review

    TROY—Wynton Marsalis is no fool. He knows how good the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall sounds. He barely noticed the microphone put up in front of him Wednesday night, instead opting to play from any position on the stage he chose, with the sound still carrying to every corner.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis, quintet shine

    Posted on November 2nd, 2005 in Review | 1

    Wynton Marsalis skipped back to his 2004 CD, ‘‘The Magic Hour,” for most of the material his quintet played at Sanders Theatre on Sunday, passing over the covers that fuel the more recent ‘‘Live at the House of Tribes” in favor of the trumpeter’s whimsical originals.   Keep reading »

  • New JLCO’s album reviewed by All About Jazz

    Posted on November 2nd, 2005 in Review

    Six compositions by Charles Mingus give the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra something different to work with. The swing is still there, but each piece echoes with the emotional strength and ferocity that its composer espoused through his ensembles. As with the original, you get a powerful bass line that leads the way, and you get thrilling soloists who provide impeccable examples of musicianship. What’s missing is the passion that Mingus took with him everywhere he went.   Keep reading »

  • 35 Who Made a Difference: Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on November 1st, 2005 in Profiles & Interviews

    “We’re blues people. And blues never lets tragedy have the last word.” This is an utterly characteristic statement by Wynton Marsalis, the trumpeter, composer and jazz impresario. He spoke those words in a television interview shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated his hometown of New Orleans. Within days he was playing in gigs to raise money for Katrina victims, including a huge benefit concert, “Higher Ground,” produced by Jazz At Lincoln Center, of which he is the artistic director. It has raised more than $2 million. Bob Dylan once remarked that a hero was “someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.” By that measure, Marsalis is a hero bona fide.   Keep reading »

  • Combining Forces to Revive the Soul of New Orleans

    Posted on October 29th, 2005 in Review

    Music is the soul of society, the heart of culture. So, at least, it was variously pronounced by the likes of Itzhak Perlman and Beverly Sills in the course of an evening devoted to bringing it back. “Bringing Back the Music” was the title of the New York Philharmonic’s joint benefit concert with and for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday night at Avery Fisher Hall. New Orleans, of course, was the intended destination of this particular return: orchestral music in other American cities will have to continue to fend for itself.   Keep reading »

  • The fan club beginnings… Part IV (Stardust)

    Posted on October 27th, 2005 in Video | 3

    Rome, 1993. Wynton was playing with his septet, and in this video-clip he plays a ballad. This time, it’s not Embraceable You, but a wonderful version of Stardust   Keep reading »