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  • Wynton Marsalis plays homage to Von Freeman

    Posted on August 31st, 2012 in Review

    Just moments after Wynton Marsalis took the stage of Orchestra Hall on Tuesday night he addressed a subject on many people’s minds: Chicago tenor saxophonist Von Freeman, who died earlier this month at age 88. “He was a legend,” Marsalis told a crowded house, while a memorial service for Freeman was being held across town, at Christ Universal Temple, on South Ashland Avenue.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis 
and Bobby McFerrin opening night concerts

    Posted on August 31st, 2012 in Concerts

    On September 13-15 at 8pm in Rose Theater, Bobby McFerrin returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center to perform, for the first time, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. This opening night concert will explore the wide-reaching influences that have shaped McFerrin’s unprecedented musical approach and will feature new arrangements by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.  On September 13, following the opening night concert, the organization will open its doors to the public for a post-concert celebration featuring a cash bar and a free performance by drummer Bryan Carter and his band in The Atrium.   Keep reading »

  • Watch Wynton Marsalis Quintet with Lucky Peterson live from Jazz in Marciac

    Posted on August 4th, 2012 in Concerts | 2

    Missed our first Marciac LIVESTREAM on July 31st? Well, you’re in luck. Join the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, with special guest Lucky Peterson LIVE this Saturday.   Keep reading »

  • Watch “Swing Symphony” LIVE from Marciac, France

    Posted on July 31st, 2012 in Concerts

    Join Wynton, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Marciac France for a LIVE performance from the comfort of your living room. They will be performing Swing Symphony with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, under the direction of Wayne Marshall.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’s Swing Symphony, Barbican, review

    Posted on July 26th, 2012 in Review

    The LSO and virtuoso trumpeter Wynton Marslis’s Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra combined for a fitting climax to the latter’s Barbican residency, writes Ivan Hewett.   Keep reading »

  • BT River of Music: Wynton Marsalis interview for London 2012

    Posted on July 17th, 2012 in Profiles & Interviews

    Acclaimed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and his elite big-band jazz players will be a highlight on the Americas stage at BT River of Music, writes Adam Sweeting.   Keep reading »

  • The Telegraph: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra/Congo Square, Barbican, review

    Posted on July 12th, 2012 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis, the celebrated American trumpeter, composer and band-leader, likes to think big. For him jazz is virtuoso musicality, uproarious enjoyment, spiritual edification and cultural memory, all rolled into one. To fulfil that vision he’s created several ambitious multi-movement suites for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. One of them, Congo Square, opened the orchestra’s current residency at the Barbican.   Keep reading »

  • Evening Standard: Congo Square: Wynton Marsalis & the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Barbican Hall

    Posted on July 12th, 2012 in Review

    Congo Square is a quiet spot in north-central New Orleans, near Louis Armstrong Park. Tourists take pictures of Louis’s statue there before lunching in the French Quarter. Little over a century earlier, however, it had a very different function.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz Journal: Wynton Marsalis/Congo Square

    Posted on July 12th, 2012 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra opened their 2012 residency at London’s Barbican Centre yesterday evening with a superb performance that celebrated the very birth of jazz in company with Ghanian drummer Yacub Addy and the band Odadaa! Congo Square was the public space in New Orleans where African slaves gathered on Sunday afternoons to dance and play, and was the only place in the USA where they could gather freely and celebrate their own music and culture. Inspired by this activity between the mid-1700s and the late 1800s, Marsalis and Ghanaian drum master Yacub Addy’s two-hour suite Congo Square celebrates the joy of that music and marks its influence on the jazz that followed.   Keep reading »

  • The Guardian: Wynton Marsalis with JLCO and Odadaa” at Barbican

    Posted on July 12th, 2012 in Review | 1

    Wynton Marsalis is famously resistant to notions of jazz-fusion. He has denounced attempts to dilute jazz by using funk or rock rhythms, always loudly asserting the primacy of swing in the jazz tradition. African rhythms, however, are rather more problematic for him. These rhythms do not swing in the traditional sense: they do not use swung quavers. Musicologically, they’re as far from his notion of jazz as, say, heavy metal. Yet they are undeniably part of jazz’s DNA.   Keep reading »