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  • 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 »

  • WNYC will broadcast “Bringing Back the Music”

    Posted on October 26th, 2005 in Concerts

    Friday, October 28 at 7PM on 93.9 FM, WNYC will offer a live broadcast of this benefit concert for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The all-American program includes special guests Wynton Marsalis, Audra McDonald, Randy Newman and Itzhak Perlman   Keep reading »

  • Wynton and Itzhak Perlman join lineup for Louisiana Philharmonic Benefit

    Posted on October 25th, 2005 in Concerts

    Violinist Itzhak Perlman and Wynton will perform at the New York Philharmonic and Louisiana Philharmonic’s joint concert on October 28, 2005. Conductors James Conlon, music director designate of the Los Angeles Opera, and Ted Sperling, music director of Broadway’s The Light in the Piazza, have also joined the lineup for the concert, which will benefit the New Orleans-based LPO as it recovers from the affects of Hurricane Katrina. Those previously scheduled to appear at the concert at Avery Fisher Hall include singer-songwriter Randy Newman and soprano Audra McDonald; retired opera great Beverly Sills will host. New York Philharmonic music director…   Keep reading »

  • The fan club beginnings… Part III (Wynton and Olympia Brass Band)

    Posted on October 24th, 2005 in Video

    Perugia (Italy), July 16, 1993. In the following video-clip, Wynton is jamming with members of his Septet and Dejan’s Olympia Brass Band in the courtyard of the hotel “La Rosetta”. What a joyful performance   Keep reading »

  • Listen to Wynton speaking at National Press Club 2005

    Posted on October 21st, 2005 in Speech | 2

    Wynton spoke at a National Press Luncheon titled “Higher Ground: Hurricane Relief and Rebuilding in New Orleans.” He said that less should be focused on what “they” didn’t do, but what “we” could do to help the hurricane ravaged city. Mr. Marsalis also talked about the influence of jazz musicians and its roots in New Orleans on the social consciousness of Americans. Following his speech, Mr. Marsalis responded to questions and comments submitted by members of the audience.   Keep reading »

  • The fan club beginnings… Part II (Wynton and Wycliffe Gordon)

    Posted on October 20th, 2005 in Video | 5

    Perugia (Italy) summer 1993, the Wynton Marsalis Septet performing for Umbria Jazz Festival. In this video-clip Wynton duets with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon from the windows of his hotel room. Wonderful !!! (thanks to our friend Vittorio Pio for this video)   Keep reading »