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  • Jazz ABZ is now available in bookstores

    Posted on November 9th, 2005 in Books

    Wynton has collaborated with illustrator Paul Rogers and jazz historian Phil Schaap to create a children’s book…while Rogers developed the concept for the book, he sought the help of Wynton to bring it to fruition.   Keep reading »

  • The Return of the Broadway Boogie-Woogie

    Posted on November 7th, 2005 in Profiles & Interviews

    THE choreographer Garth Fagan and Wynton Marsalis, the co-founder and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, go way back. They met in the 1980’s when Mr. Fagan, a jazz aficionado, took his dancers to New York clubs to hear Mr. Marsalis play. “I knew we could learn from him,” Mr. Fagan said in a recent conference call with Mr. Marsalis. “I sensed we saw things the same way.” Eventually he invited Mr. Marsalis to a rehearsal at the company’s headquarters in Rochester.   Keep reading »

  • 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 »