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  • Davis in Pictures

    Posted on June 16th, 2004 in Tour | 0

    I just got back from the In-and-Out Burger Joint. They make their french fries from scratch, peeling the potatoes in front of your eyes. A delicious way to end the night — burger and a shake. But enough about my belly. On to the photographs of the performance. Some pictures aren’t that great because either the camera fouled up or the camera man (Who moi?) fouled up, most likely the latter. Enjoy. Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts — Mondavi gave $10 million to have the building named for him. It’s beautiful. Tom Peters, the famed business writer, suggests to visit…   Keep reading »

  • Davis in Words

    Posted on June 16th, 2004 in Tour | 0

    The concert brought produced many smiles for the audience. We all smile in the same language, and it was quite apparent tonight. Wynton opened up saying “We’ll play songs from the Magic Hour and other songs.” He proceeded to make some playful-gentlemen faces, and the audience responded with laughter. In the first composition, Pianist E. Lewis’s solo danced with fleeting randomness. It seemed as if he were grabbing notes from thin air, a Houdini at the piano, meticulously extracting himself from the delicate folds to harmonic safety. I was sitting stage left for a few moments listening in.…   Keep reading »

  • Davis in Quotes

    Posted on June 16th, 2004 in Tour | 0

    I did a random sampling of people after the performance. Here are some comments from folks walking out of the show in Davis: “It was incredible. That’s it!” —Carrie, Sacramento “Different experience for me but still quite enjoyable.” —Ron, Sacramento “He’s truly beautiful. I’ve always been a big fan and my favorite is his Christmas CD.” Ann, Woodland Our magnificent magician Kevin Lee said of his time on the road: “It’s a wonderful experience to be on tour. I’m loving it, so are the crowds, and so is Wynton—everyone loves magic! This is my…   Keep reading »

  • Hello, Santa Cruz

    Posted on June 16th, 2004 in Tour | 0

    Santa Claus must vaction here. If the North Pole is the anti-paradise, surely this is the polar opposite. Beaches and water greet the many tourists. We spent three hours in the bus, mostly watching CNN Headline News and then watching Beverly Hills Cops. The bus is equipped with several beds, DVD, fridge, the works. We had a particularly rousing discussion of American politics. Not to change the topic, but — even jazz musicians deliberate on Iraq, healthcare, and ways to reform America. Palace on Wheels Two shows tonight, one at 7, the other at 9. More updates and photos to come.   Keep reading »

  • On the Road…Davis, California

    Posted on June 15th, 2004 in Tour | 1

    It’s hotter than Georgia asphalt on a summer day out here. Davis, California, home to University of California-Davis, is host to the quintet’s next performance. I just met up with the band; saw Mr. Marsalis after he came back from a basketball game. Right now the quintet is practicing in Wynton’s room, and then we’re off to sound check and the performance. Let’s hope the show finishes before the fourth quarter of the Lakers-Pistons game :) There is excitement in the air around the venue. It reminds me of Brent Reidy, a composer, who says of…   Keep reading »

  • After the feast

    Posted on June 15th, 2004 in Tour | 0

    We just finished a meal of BBQ chicken, tangy salad, and Pepsi. Coming from Atlanta, I was a bit offended. It seems like Sacramento/Davis is a Pepsi bastion. After watching the opening ceremonies of the Pistons-Lakers game, we came back to the hotel to rest. I took some photos of the sound check. Have you heard of Mondavi? Yeah, the wine guy. The quintet is playing at a performing arts center named for Mondavi. The architecture is breathtaking. To be sure, I’m a neophyte at architectural design, but this place blends a smooth, delicate newness with peppery shades…   Keep reading »

  • New tour dates for the Wynton Marsalis Quintet

    Posted on June 2nd, 2004 in Concerts, Quintet, Tour | 1

    Here are June tour dates for Wynton’s Quintet tour – the quartet from the Magic Hour plus Walter Blanding on saxophone. The quintet lineup is: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet) Walter Blanding Jr. (saxophone) Ali Jackson (drums) Carlos Henriquez (bass) Eric Lewis (Piano) Check the updated schedule in our tour section In the next days we will also publish the summer European tour dates for Wynton with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis plays the music of Mary Lou Williams

    Posted on May 6th, 2004 in Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Tour, Tribute | 1

    The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis honors this largely underappreciated pianist, composer and arranger who was also a mentor of Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell. The concert features guest vocalists Andy Bey and Carline Ray, pianist Mulgrew Miller, and many compelling masterworks that Ms. Williams wrote for large ensemble. Thursday and Friday, May 13-14, 2004, 8pm at Alice Tully Hall More info on Jazz at Lincoln Center   Keep reading »

  • The Magic Hour reviewed on NPR.org

    Posted on April 23rd, 2004 in CD, Review | 0

    On the NPR.org web site there’s a news review about Wynton’s new album. Reviewer Jim Fusilli finds delight in the record, with clever performances. He also finds some of the jazz Wynton plays sometimes backward looking. Listen to the review on NPR.org (Real Player needed)   Keep reading »

  • Wynton to Raise Roofs for ICCF’s Housing Programs

    Posted on April 18th, 2004 in Concerts | 0

    Wynton Marsalis and his Quartet will perform selections from The Magic Hour for the April 20 benefit concert. The concert will raise funds for ICCF’s sixth annual Raising Roofs benefit concert on Tuesday, April 20, at 8:00 p.m. in DeVos Performance Hall   Keep reading »