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  • Wynton Marsalis and Ken Burns honor the life of Jack Johnson

    Posted on November 9th, 2004 in CD, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Septet, Tribute | 1

    Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly commemorates the Jack Johnson Festival in its new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, for two special evenings of jazz and film on Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13 at 8:00pm. During the first half of the program, acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, along with Wynton, will provide commentary and present clips from Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, Mr. Burns’ upcoming documentary on the heavyweight-boxing champion, author, patent-holding inventor and aspiring bass player. Wynton composed the original score and, with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, will perform this extraordinary music during the second half of…   Keep reading »

  • Jazz in motion reviewed by the New York Times

    Posted on November 5th, 2004 in New York Times, Review | 0

    On the New York Times there’s a review of Jazz in motion, the Jazz at Lincoln Center presentation with works by four choreographers and music by Wynton Marsalis. Jazz in motion took place on October 3 and 4 and will be repeated tonight at the Frederick P. Rose Theater.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton on the cover of Jazz Hot Magazine

    Posted on November 5th, 2004 in Review | 0

    Wynton is on the cover of the   Keep reading »

  • Photo and video from “Stand up for Jazz” featuring Bill Cosby

    Posted on November 4th, 2004 in Concerts, iTunes, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Photo, Podcast, Special report, Video | 0

    On Thursday October 21, in Frederick P. Rose Theater, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton played a short opening set of jazz tunes that deal with humor. Some were directly representational (Wynton’s Ellingtonian “Back to Basics,” which portrays laughter through a trumpet), some just sounded happy-go-lucky (Thelonious Monk’s singsong “Green Chimneys”) and some were jazz’s best novelty songs (’‘Salt Peanuts’‘ and ‘‘Open the Door, Richard’‘). Then Mr. Cosby performed stand-up comedy for 90 minutes, using a reduced version of the orchestra behind him to cue incidental music to his routines. (Click the link below to open the Quicktime…   Keep reading »

  • Photo and video from the JALC Grand Opening Inaugural Gala

    Posted on November 3rd, 2004 in Concerts, iTunes, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Photo, Podcast, Special report, Video | 0

    On October 20 at 8pm, the Frederick P. Rose Theater played host to the inaugural gala, with celebrities such as former Vice President Al Gore and actor Robert Redford in the house, and a buffet of artists on stage. Wynton was alternately emotive and brazen on “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.” Saxophonists Joe Lovano and Branford Marsalis swung abstractedly through “Tenor Madness.” Patti Austin mimicked Ella Fitzgerald on “How High the Moon,” and Liza Minnelli broke it up with a rousing “New York, New York.” (Click the link below to open the Quicktime video directly or right-click to save the…   Keep reading »

  • Jazz In Motion: World Premieres by Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on November 2nd, 2004 in Concerts | 1

    Guaranteed kinetic energy takes place on the stage of the Rose Theater on November 3, 4, 5 at 8pm with Jazz In Motion. Welcome, composed by Wynton Marsalis and choreographed by Peter Martins, is performed by Charles McPherson and a New York City Ballet dancer.   Keep reading »

  • With Built-In Tension, Jazz Swings to the Past

    Posted on November 2nd, 2004 in Review | 2

    Ralph Ellison, who was lured away from the trumpet to become a writer, once explained that in jazz there is a “cruel contradiction implicit in the art form.” It is a contradiction between the individual and the group, between solitary assertion and collective cooperation. A “true jazz moment,” Ellison said, “springs from a contest in which each artist challenges all the rest,” in which the very nature of the player’s identity is at stake. That is the drama of solo riffs, of call-and-response interchanges, of daring high-wire improvisations.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton in the New York October issue of WHERE magazine

    Posted on October 31st, 2004 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    Jazz has always occupied a unique space in America’s cultural imagination. Though its rich tradition includes such singular artists as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, it has often been looked upon as too esoteric for public tastes instead of being hailed as our nation’s preeminent homegrown art form. Perhaps no one has done more to dispel this myth and bring jazz into the world’s consciousness than Wynton Marsalis.   Keep reading »

  • Photo and video from the Grand Opening Concert

    Posted on October 30th, 2004 in iTunes, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Photo, Podcast, Special report, Video | 2

    On October 18 at 8 pm, the Grand Opening Concert was held in the 1,200-seat Rose Theater. It featured the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, led by Wynton, and an array of special guests. Other shows taking place simultaneously featured the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, with Arturo O’Farrill, in the 550-seat Allen Room, and the Bill Charlap Trio in the 140-seat Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who proudly proclaimed that he had “taken the A train” to the hall, welcomed the audience. Beginning with a solemn original number, “Call to Prayer,” they played selections by the likes of Coltrane, Basie, Mingus,…   Keep reading »

  • Photo and video from the Grand Opening press conference

    Posted on October 29th, 2004 in iTunes, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Photo, Podcast, Special report, Video | 0

    On October 18, at 11 am, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, accompanied by Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin, joined Wynton Marsalis and all the JALC staff in the new Allen Room for an official dedication ceremony, which included a fanfare entitled “The Gift”, composed by “Slide” Hampton. Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented Wynton with a “Jazz at Lincoln Center Month” proclamation in honor of the grand opening of the organization’s new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall. (Click the link below to open the Quicktime video directly or right-click to save the video on your hard disk) The parade…   Keep reading »