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  • Rehearsing Abyssinian 200: Photo and video report

    Posted on April 11th, 2008 in Composition, Concerts | 10

    On April 7, 8, 9, 2008, Wynton rehearsed with JLCO and the Choir for Abyssinian 200: A Celebration. Yesterday night, the new Mass was premiered at Rose Theater (JALC). Following you can read an Associated Press article about the Mass and a photo-video report of the rehearsals at JALC. NEW YORK (AP) — Wynton Marsalis will be turning the House That Jazz Built at the Time Warner Center into the House of the Lord when he premieres his first jazz Mass, which blends the gospel and jazz traditions in a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York State’s oldest…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton composes a mass for the Abyssinian Baptist Church

    Posted on May 21st, 2007 in Composition, Concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra | 1

    On April 10, 11 & 12, 2008, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will premiere a special mass composed by Wynton Marsalis to commemorate the 200th anniversary of The Abyssinian Baptist Church. Combining jazz and gospel traditions, this liturgy of the Abyssinian service is the first time collaboration for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III and the church choir. In remarks on Tuesday 15, to the 400 in attendance at the press conference, Wynton explained: “Our music is so rich, songs like ‘Go Down Moses,’ ‘There is a Balm in Gilead’…What was in these songs was the depths…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton writes soundtrack for Ken Burns’ The War

    Posted on November 19th, 2006 in Composition, Video | 0

    Wynton Marsalis and Ken Burns teamed up again. The War, Ken Burns’ series about the American experience in World War II, will be out in fall 2007, and Wynton wrote, arranged and performed the original soundtrack.   Keep reading »

  • Suite for Human Nature to be performed in New York City

    Posted on December 11th, 2004 in Composition, Concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra | 0

    On December 16, 17, 18 at 8:00pm Suite for Human Nature will make its New York debut and kick off the Jazz at Lincoln Center holiday season at the organization’s new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall. A special matinee performance will be held on December 19 at 3:00pm. Tickets for the New York City holiday event are $10, $40, $75, $100, $115 and $150 and are available at the new Jazz at Lincoln Center box office on Broadway at 60th St., by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or via jalc.org Suite for Human Nature is a collaboration of Wyntons’s music and Diane Charlotte Lampert’s lyrics and original…   Keep reading »