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  • Wynton Marsalis’s ‘Spaces,’ a Kinetic Series of Zoological Portraits

    Posted on April 3rd, 2016 in Review

    The kazoos cropped up in the 10th and final movement of “Spaces,” an episodic suite by Wynton Marsalis that had its world premiere at the Rose Theater on Friday. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra was swinging light and fast as it happened, bzz-bzz-bzz-bzz-bzz, in a busy rush. It was a cute and clever flourish, in a piece titled “Bees Bees Bees.” And it was also an act of evocation that reflected the larger theme of the suite.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis on the Jazz Fest poster, touring & new record

    Posted on March 28th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Trumpet maestro Wynton Marsalis said he’s happy appear in the top center window of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival poster “House of Swing,” surrounded by other members of his musical family. “Paul Rogers is the artist,” Marsalis said in a telephone conversation from New York. “I’ve known Paul for a long time and I love him.” Though, the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City said, autographing the edition of posters was a chore.   Keep reading »

  • Abyssinian Mass’ by Wynton Marsalis Review

    Posted on March 21st, 2016 in Review | 1

    Wynton Marsalis’s new release, “Abyssinian Mass,” is the third full-length work of a spiritual nature by the trumpeter, composer and bandleader. Compared with his epic “All Rise” (2002), the Mass, which uses the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the 70-voice Chorale Le Chateau choir, is comparatively lean and intimate, and Mr. Marsalis’s compositional ideas are much tighter. The work, which was commissioned by New York’s Abyssinian Baptist Church in 2008 for the 200th anniversary of that African-American institution, received its premiere at JALC’s Rose Hall that year, and then five years later it was taken on tour by the orchestra and recorded. It is now being issued as the fourth album from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Blue Engine Records.   Keep reading »

  • Juilliard Jazz Presents “The Music of Thelonious Monk”

    Posted on March 21st, 2016 in Education

    The iconic composer and pianist Thelonious Sphere Monk will be saluted on April 5 when Wynton Marsalis (’80, trumpet), the director of Juilliard Jazz, leads the Jazz Orchestra in a concert that will feature three pianists: faculty member Helen Sung as well as two outstanding freshmen pianists, Isaiah Thompson and Micah Thomas.   Keep reading »

  • The Abyssinian Mass – Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on March 20th, 2016 in Review

    During the sermon section of The Abyssinian Mass, Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III welcomes congregants with a statement that is the underlying theme of the piece: “Everybody has a place in the house of God.”   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis to Premiere Arrangements from Broadway Classic

    Posted on March 19th, 2016 in Concerts

    The world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and guest vocalist Kate Davis will debut arrangements of tunes from Broadway’s most beloved productions including “Annie Get Your Gun,” “South Pacific,” “West Side Story,” “Fiddler On The Roof,” “The Producers” in a special concert event entitled World on a String: Swinging Songs of Broadway. World on a String: Swinging Songs of Broadway will take place in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on April 14-16 at 8:00pm. Jazz at Lincoln Center is located on Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York.   Keep reading »

  • Spaces by Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on March 18th, 2016 in Concerts

    Jazz at Lincoln Center presents the world premiere of Spaces by Wynton Marsalis on Friday & Saturday, April 1 & 2, 2016 at 8:00pm in Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall (60th and Broadway). A series of compositions written for dancers and appropriate for all ages in spirit and years, Spaces will attempt to recapture the natural fascination we have with the sounds and movements of animals.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ expression of faith: ‘The Abyssinian Mass’

    Posted on March 14th, 2016 in Review

    It’s a theme that trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has considered deeply and often in his career as composer: faith. With “The Abyssinian Mass,” a three-disc set that Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will release Friday, the composer returns to the subject, in expansive form.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis teaches Wellington kids a lesson in jazz

    Posted on March 11th, 2016 in Review

    “Be a No 1 yourself, and not a No 2 somebody else,” 750 schoolchildren shout back to jazz great Wynton Marsalis. The winner of nine Grammy Awards reminds the group what they’ve learned in the past hour. “Generosity of spirit, having good manners, learning to listen ... don’t let limitations limit you,” he says.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis wows with his trumpet

    Posted on March 10th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Down a Wellington laneway, tucking into a bowl of ramen noodles, Wynton Marsalis could pass for any visiting tourist. Off stage without his trumpet and suit, and dressed in a casual sweater and jeans, the 53-year-old who is considered the world’s greatest-living trumpeter is like any other jet-lagged person on the road. After lunch, he wants a long black coffee to get through the rest of the day.   Keep reading »