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  • Wynton teaches the meaning behind the music

    Posted on December 13th, 2003 in Articles, Speech, Transcript | 0

    Wynton Marsalis is at his best playing the trumpet, but he’s hardly at his second best when he is talking to young people. Relaxed as he ambles around the stage, he addresses them without notes, using meaningful language, speaking without condescension, and rising to genuine inspiration. A week ago, before the morning dress rehearsal of his blues oratorio “All Rise,” Marsalis talked to a diverse audience of teenagers from 26 high schools, assembled in Symphony Hall from all across the state. He had everyone hanging on every word, even though his remarks lasted longer than an Easter sermon. If he…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis and Bill Clinton talk about Jazz

    Posted on December 11th, 2003 in New York Times, Review | 3

    Last night at the Walter Reade Theater at the center, Wynton and his organization scored a coup in the name of intellectualism and publicity: a symposium, with an invitation-only audience of about 200, on the subject of jazz and American democracy, including the former president and part-time saxophonist Bill Clinton. The moderator was Charlie Rose; besides Wynton and Mr. Clinton, the panelists included Farah Jasmine Griffin, an author and professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University; Michael Kammen, an author and professor of American history of culture at Cornell; the San Francisco middle-school music educator Jack Martens; Frances Rauscher,…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton explains: Who is Miles Davis

    Posted on December 9th, 2003 in Concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz for young people | 0

    Miles Davis was one of the most iconoclastic figures in jazz. Learn how the innovative trumpeter traversed many styles of jazz – including swing, bebop, cool, modal and fusion – and inspired millions of fans and musicians. Host Wynton Marsalis, in his Jazz for young people concert series at Lincoln Center, is joined by trumpeters Eddie Henderson, Justin Kisor, and Brandon Lee, as well as Billy Childs, Peter Washington and Joe Farnsworth. Budding jazz musicians can take their instruments for an after-concert jam session. Saturday, December 13, 2003, 11am & 1pm at Alice Tully Hall. More info on Jazz at Lincoln Center   Keep reading »

  • Jam session in Boston with Wynton Marsalis and Marcus Roberts

    Posted on December 6th, 2003 in Concerts | 1

    Wynton sprang a surprise on the Symphony Hall audience that came to hear his “All Rise” Wednesday. Jazz pianist Marcus Roberts showed up and improvised a solo in one of the movements of Marsalis’s blues oratorio, temporarily sitting in for the regular pianist of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, 18-year-old Aaron Diehl. At encore time, Roberts joined Wynton for an impromptu jam session… And last night at the Biarritz Lounge in Roxbury trombonist Andre Hayward, a Boston-based member of Marsalis’s orchestra, hosted a jam session (like the kind he and friends have every Sunday) that included Roberts, Wynton…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton playing All Rise with Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Posted on December 3rd, 2003 in All Rise, Concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra | 0

    Conductor Kurt Masur will lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the Boston premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ All Rise, December 3, 4, 6 at Symphony Hall, featuring Wynton on trumpet, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, soprano NaGuanda Miller, mezzo-soprano Cynthia Renee Hardy, tenor Brian Robinson, baritone Robert Honeysucker, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor. In addition to the concerts themselves, the BSO is planning a host of activities around All Rise to get younger music lovers in and around Boston involved in the work. Building on the success of last season’s Online Conservatory – the BSO’s new interactive multimedia addition to…   Keep reading »

  • Kurt Masur talks about Wynton and “All Rise”

    Posted on November 30th, 2003 in All Rise, Interview | 0

    The German conductor Kurt Masur has been recently interviewed by the Boston Globe about Wynton Marsalis’ oratorio “All Rise”. “I was so impressed,” Masur said. “I thought: This guy is so talented as a composer he can do even more than he already has. Nobody has continued in the way of Ellington and Kenton, writing symphonic jazz. I called him and he came to my office, and he told me, No, because he said he had never learned to compose and orchestrate for the symphony orchestra. Three years later he called me again and said: Mr. Masur, I would like…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton is special guest tonight at Smoke Jazz Club

    Posted on November 28th, 2003 in Concerts | 3

    Wynton will be special guest, tonight at Smoke Jazz Club. He will play with the One for all quintet, including some confident younger musicians: the tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, the trombonist Steve Davis, the pianist David Hazeltine, the bassist Peter Washington and the drummer Joe Farnsworth. Tonight and tomorrow night at 9, 11 and 12:30. Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway, at 106th Street, (212) 864-6662   Keep reading »

  • Wynton will be honored with the IAJE President’s Award

    Posted on November 26th, 2003 in Award | 0

    The 4th Annual International Assosiation for Jazz Education Gala Dinner, scheduled for Wednesday, January 21, at the New York Sheraton Hotel, will honor Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis with the IAJE President’s Award. The Gala will be hosted by Nancy Wilson, and all proceeds will benefit the IAJE Global Outreach Fund. The IAJE Presidents Award, which honors an individual for their extraordinary contributions to the field of jazz education, was presented to Dr. Oscar Peterson in 2003, Quincy Jones in 2002 and Ken Burns in 2001.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis playing to honor the greatest female vocalists

    Posted on November 14th, 2003 in Concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center | 0

    This year’s Lincoln Center gala honors the greatest female vocalists and musicians from the golden age of jazz. The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guests join New York’s artistic community at large to celebrate Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and other legendary women of jazz for their achievements. Titled “Here’s to the Ladies”, the evening will feature: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roberta Flack, Cleo Laine, Marian McPartland and Diana Ross. On Monday, November 17, 2003, 7pm at Avery Fisher Hall. More info on Jazz at Lincoln Center web site   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ playlist on Apple music store

    Posted on November 11th, 2003 in iTunes | 0

    We noticed that Wynton’s personal playlist is on the Apple iTunes Music Store. The new celebrity playlist features personal playlists created by several popular featured artists includes Wynton Marsalis, Michelle Branch, Dave Brubeck, Billy Corgan, Counting Crows, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, Ben Folds, Herbie Hancock, Jack Johnson, Kenna, Moby, Mark Ronson, Seal, Sting and Michael Stipe. Here is a screen capture of Wynton’s playlist (link to a PDF file; save it to disk). The iTunes Music Store is available for Mac OSX and Windows computers.   Keep reading »