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  • Winners of 16th Annual Essentially Ellington Competition 2011

    Posted on May 15th, 2011 in Concerts | 6

    AMERICA’S BEST HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BANDS! JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 16th ANNUAL ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND COMPETITION Competition Webcast Available Monday, May 16 1st Place: Dillard Center for the Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL 2nd Place: Roosevelt High School, Seattle, WA 3rd Place: Mountlake Terrace High School, Seattle, WAHonorable Mention:New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL Honorable Mention: New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL Three high school jazz bands took top honors tonight in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 16th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. Each band…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s “Spirit of New Orleans” piece for Super Bowl XLIV Wins Emmy

    Posted on May 3rd, 2011 in News | 3

    The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced the winners of the 32nd Annual Sports Emmy® Awards at a special ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Winners in 33 categories including outstanding live sports special, live series, sports documentary, studio show, promotional announcements, play-by-play personality and studio analyst were honored.   Keep reading »

  • 50 great moments in jazz: Wynton Marsalis goes back to basics

    Posted on April 28th, 2011 in Profiles & Interviews

    Like Sonny Rollins, Keith Jarrett and the late Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis is one of a handful of jazz instrumentalists whose name is known beyond the world of the jazz cognoscenti. But unlike the other three, Marsalis has polarised opinion more than any other jazz artist of the last 30 years. A consummately skilful trumpeter, an ambitious large-scale composer and a shrewd campaigner for jazz, he has become one of the biggest international stars of a tradition that was already being marginalised by rock and pop-influenced jazz by the time he burst on to the scene as a teenage virtuoso in the early-80s.   Keep reading »

  • Jump (full score + parts) is now available

    Posted on April 27th, 2011 in Music

    Based on the chords to Gershwin’s “Lady Be Good”, “Jump” is a riff based composition in the style of the Count Basie Big Band. Working with both Swing Era and Bebop Era language, this piece is a challenging, up tempo chart orchestrated for an 11 piece big band. This is the music exactly as it is recorded on the CD entitled “Jump Start and Jazz”.   Keep reading »

  • “Wynton Goes to Harvard” - An Interview with the Wall Street Journal

    Posted on April 20th, 2011 in Profiles & Interviews | 2

    Pulitzer-prize winning jazzman Wynton Marsalis considers himself both student and teacher of music, which is why it comes as no surprise that his newest undertaking is a two-year lecture series at Harvard University. Beginning on April 28, Marsalis will lecture and perform a class entitled “Music as Metaphor.” The nine-time Grammy award winner currently serves as the artistic director for Jazz at Lincoln Center, a role he will keep throughout the lecture series. Speakeasy talked with Marsalis about the coming series, his love of last-minute pressures and the concept of improvisation.   Keep reading »

  • Win a Trip for Two to the Vitoria Jazz Festival in Spain!

    Posted on April 12th, 2011 in News | 9

    April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and to celebrate, SiriusXM and Jazz at Lincoln Center are giving you a chance to win a trip for two to Vitoria, Spain for the Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival, July 10-16, 2011! One of the world’s premier jazz celebrations located in the historic Basque region of northern Spain, the Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival is celebrating its 35th year…and we want to give you and a guest the chance to be there in person to see an incredible lineup of legendary musicians. Performers scheduled to appear at this year’s Festival include Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter & Marcus Miller; Jamie Cullum, Trombone Shorty, Ruben Blades, Nigel Kennedy and many more.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Played The Blues

    Posted on April 12th, 2011 in Review | 8

    Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton collaborated forces this past weekend at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, to explore the shared musical ground between New Orleans, the Delta and Chicago. Joined by eight other stellar musicians, including members of Marsalis’ quintet, Marsalis and Clapton performed the works of W.C. Handy, Louis Armstrong, Howlin’ Wolf, Big Maceo and more. The songs were selected by Clapton, while Marsalis’ arrangements embodied the authentic New Orleans sound of King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band.   Keep reading »

  • Rolling Stone: Eric Clapton, Wynton Marsalis Play the Blues in New York City

    Posted on April 11th, 2011 in Review

    “I pat myself on the back – it took a lot of courage to come here,” Eric Clapton said halfway through his show at New York’s Rose Hall on April 8th, glancing and smiling at the men with him on stage: eight members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, including trumpeter and JALC artistic director Wynton Marsalis. Clapton then introduced the next song, nodding over his shoulder at bassist Carlos Henriquez. “This one was foisted on me by Carlos,” the British guitarist said. “I didn’t think it would work.”   Keep reading »

  • Famous trumpet player Wynton Marsalis spreads gospel of committment to young people through music

    Posted on April 7th, 2011 in Profiles & Interviews

    Practice. As in dedication. Also see: integrity. Every time he gets a chance, Wynton Marsalis lays a message on young people that requires no fancy instrument, just a solo commitment. The jazz and classical trumpeter and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer got that chance recently at a Passport to Manhood program in the gym of the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle. He shot some hoops — hitching up his suspenders and complaining that he hadn’t worked on his game in the two years it took to write his last symphony. He shared a meal of dirty rice, fried fish and potato salad, then delivered the challenge.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis to kick off lecture series at Harvard University

    Posted on April 4th, 2011 in Education | 3

    Harvard University announced today that Wynton Marsalis will launch a two-year performance and lecture series on April 28, with an appearance at Sanders Theater. Currently the Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis is an accomplished musician, composer, bandleader and educator who has made the promotion of jazz and cultural literacy his hallmark causes.   Keep reading »