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  • Marsalis on Jazz: His five favorite classic recordings

    Posted on September 17th, 2005 in Profiles & Interviews | 4

    We caught up with Wynton Marsalis, the 43-year-old jazz trumpeter and composer, as he was preparing for the fall concert series at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he is artistic director. The new program salutes the great cities of jazz; tonight Mr. Marsalis and other artists will perform in a hurricane-relief benefit concert for New Orleans. Here, the Pulitzer-winning musician tells us why he thinks these five albums deserve consideration as the finest jazz recordings of all time.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s Journey to New Orleans on ABC 20/20

    Posted on September 17th, 2005 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    Wynton Marsalis is on a journey back home. He’s on a mission to console friends, inspire hope and see firsthand his beloved New Orleans—the city he calls the soul of the country.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton writes foreword for the new book of Tom Piazza

    Posted on September 14th, 2005 in Books, News

    Wynton recently wrote the foreword for the new book of Tom Piazza, entitled: 
Understanding Jazz : Ways to Listen. 
The book will be released on September 20, 2005. (buy it on Amazon)   Keep reading »

  • Wynton on ABC 20/20 Friday night

    Posted on September 14th, 2005 in News

    Wynton will be guest at the ABC 20/20 on Friday night, to share his personal thoughts about the devastation of his hometown, New Orleans.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton will play at B.B. Kings Blues Club

    Posted on September 14th, 2005 in Concerts | 3

    On September 24, at 12 PM, Wynton will play at B.B. Kings Blues Club for a special Jazz for hurrican relief concert. The concert will feature Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, McCoy Tyner, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Scott and special guests.   Keep reading »

  • Saving America’s Soul Kitchen

    Posted on September 12th, 2005 in Profiles & Interviews

    Now the levee breach has been fixed. The people have been evacuated. Army Corps of Engineers magicians will pump the city dry, and the slow (but quicker than we think) job of rebuilding will begin. Then there will be no 24-hour news coverage. The spin doctors’ narrative will create a wall of illusion thicker than the new levees. The job of turning our national disaster into sound-bite-size commercials with somber string music will be left to TV. The story will be sanitized as our nation’s politicians congratulate themselves on a job well done. Americans of all stripes will demonstrate saintly concern for one another. It’s what we do in a crisis.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton interviewed by French newspaper Le Monde

    Posted on September 12th, 2005 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    Wynton talked to the french newspaper Le Monde, about New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina. 
Here is the interview translated in English   Keep reading »

  • Wynton is visiting New Orleans now !

    Posted on September 12th, 2005 in News | 2

    Wynton is spending the day touring the devastation in New Orleans. 
He went down there after his gig in Maryland so that he could see the destruction that has reigned down on his beloved city. He is assessing what is currently being done to help as well as what needs to be done in terms of coming up with a plan to preserve the many cultural landmarks in the Crescent City.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton collaborates for children’s book

    Posted on September 10th, 2005 in Books | 3

    Wynton has collaborated with illustrator Paul Rogers and jazz historian Phil Schaap to create a children’s book, Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits. While Rogers developed the concept for the book, he sought the help of Wynton to bring it to fruition. The book will be available in November.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s interview at Tavis Smiley Show 2005

    Posted on September 10th, 2005 in Profiles & Interviews | 4

    These are trying times for so many people from the great city of New Orleans, including jazz great, Wynton Marsalis. The New Orleans native and Pulitzer Prize winner is now the artistic director of “Jazz at Lincoln Center” in New York City. Tomorrow night, he takes part in a special fundraiser on BET. On September 17th, he hosts a special event for hurricane victims at Lincoln Center. Tonight, though, thankfully, he joins us from New York. It’s always nice to have you on the program.   Keep reading »