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  • They took me in like I was their son’: Wynton Marsalis on jazz’s great tradition

    Posted on August 9th, 2014 in Profiles & Interviews | 4

    At the end of his performance at the Barbican with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis made a little speech. The next piece, he announced, was a number that Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers used to play. Marsalis then recalled how he himself had played with the Jazz Messengers as an 18-year-old trumpet prodigy. He described how much he had learned from the drummer, who was then approaching 60, and especially about ‘the sacrifices you have to make to play this music’. Then the band roared into ‘Free for All’ by Wayne Shorter.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Septet live at Jazz in Marciac 2014

    Posted on July 28th, 2014 in Concerts | 2

    Wynton Marsalis and six of his most frequent collaborators will come together in a program featuring some of Marsalis’ greatest compositions.  The evening’s repertoire will be selected from both The Marciac Suite and Lighthouse/Lightening Rod.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Quintet with Richard Galliano live at Jazz in Marciac 2014

    Posted on July 28th, 2014 in Concerts | 0

    What is Jazz in Marciac, but the marriage of swing and Gascony; a brief testimony to the eternal love story between France and Jazz? This is the story that Wynton Marsalis began to tell in partnering with another frequent JIM visitor, Richard Galliano.vThe union was a tribute to two emblematic figures: Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. Two extraordinary women, born in the same year (1915), in the same misery, both with grand and tragic fates, and most especially, with two ways of singing this blue soul that African Americans call the blues.   Keep reading »

  • “Wynton Marsalis: A Youngarts Masterclass” nominated for 66Th Annual Emmy® Award

    Posted on July 12th, 2014 in News | 0

    _Wynton Marsalis: A YoungArts MasterClass_, an HBO Family Documentary Special, has been nominated for a 66th Annual Emmy Award in the Outstanding Children’s Program category. This is the third season the YoungArts MasterClass series has received an Emmy-nomination. The program features some of the work of the “National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts)”:http://www.youngarts.org, the non-profit that contributes to the cultural vitality of the nation by supporting the artistic development of talented young artists.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Trumpets Youth, Musical Diversity At Annual London Residency

    Posted on July 4th, 2014 in Review | 0

    The solo played by U.S. jazzman Wynton Marsalis to close his now-annual residency at London’s Barbican this week was a rare personal moment in what was otherwise a master class in sharing the limelight. In lieu of a full-fledged encore with his 14-strong Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), Marsalis entertained with a small combo, delighting an already bouncing crowd with swooping scales of trumpet.   Keep reading »

  • The JLCO With Wynton Marsalis as part of Summerstage Kids presents: Queens Family Day

    Posted on June 30th, 2014 in Concerts | 0

    Free Family Concert: The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis As Part Of Summerstage Kids Presents: Queens Family Day   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis & JLCO Dance Among the Gravestones

    Posted on June 20th, 2014 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    Jazz at Lincoln Center traffics in ghost stories as a matter of course, fashioning living memorials to long-gone masters of America’s indigenous art form. So it was no great shock that the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis seemed at home on June 11 playing amid the gravestones of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Live Annotates a Duke Ellington Song

    Posted on June 12th, 2014 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    What better guide to the music of Duke Ellington than Wynton Marsalis? And here he is doing it live, improvised on WNYC. On Monday’s show, Marsalis was on to discuss the history of NYC Jazz (and why so many Jazz greats are buried at Woodlawn Cemetary), and Brian played him a bunch of great music by local legends. Here’s our favorite moment, when Wynton walks us through Duke’s “Concerto for Cootie” and lead trumpeter Cootie Williams’ inimitable style. You’ll also hear from Woodlawn historian Susan Olson. Be sure to listen to the full segment here.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis on Woodlawn Cemetery’s “Jazz Corner”

    Posted on June 11th, 2014 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    Jazz great after Jazz great has requested to be buried near “Duke” Ellington. So now, Miles Davis, Celia Cruz, Lionel Hampton, Max Roach, and many others can all be found in Woodlawn Cemetery’s unofficial “Jazz Corner.” A concert at Woodlawn is being held tonight in celebration of these Jazz giants. Wynton Marsalis, trumpeter, composer, and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Susan Olson, Woodlawn Cemetery historian, weigh in on their legacy and NYC’s jazz history.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s Keynote Address at Tulane University’s Commencement 2014

    Posted on May 20th, 2014 in Speech, Video | 2

    Here at home in New Orleans, we have a tradition of starting important gigs by calling out the names of legendary musicians from the past. In evoking the memory of legendary artists, this roll call inspires a higher level of performance. In 2007, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra went on tour with Odaadaa!, a group from Ghana led by master drummer Yacub Addy. Each concert started with a long roll call of distinguished ancestors chanted and spoken in Ga, their native tongue. At the end of the chant, Mr. Addy would say “Trah trah o manyaba.” Whereupon we would say Yow!   Keep reading »