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  • Wynton Marsalis reaches out to the young

    Posted on February 10th, 2015 in Profiles & Interviews

    No event in Orchestra Hall’s jazz season generates greater anticipation or larger audiences than a residency by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. And none of this year’s three concerts, starting Friday, will make a bigger impact on the future than the Saturday matinee, a Jazz for Young People program. For during the course of this event, Marsalis won’t just play with his formidable ensemble but also will discuss the music, aiming his commentary at young listeners unfamiliar with jazz, as well as those already smitten.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Takes Concertgoers Through a Symphony of Blues

    Posted on February 8th, 2015 in Review

    Taking their seats, the symphony orchestra begins with a wave of the conductor’s baton, led by the cheerful sound of the piccolo and the rhythm of the drums—which the program notes is supposed to signify the American Revolution and the birth of the possibility of the blues. On Wednesday night, the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md., played host to Wynton Marsalis’ Blues Symphony for hundreds who turned out—filling the expansive hall all the way to the balconies—to witness the premiere of the award-winning musician’s ambitious journey to chart the history of the blues throughout America.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ ‘Blues Symphony’ at Washington Performing Arts at Strathmore

    Posted on February 5th, 2015 in Review | 1

    Last night, thanks to the generosity of Washington Performing Arts, DC audiences had the rare opportunity to see Wynton Marsalis in the fullest sense – as consummate performer, as bandleader, and as composer of a new symphony that premiered at The Music Center in Strathmore. Under the more than capable direction of conductor Jan Wagner, Marsalis debuted his Blues Symphony last night in a performance with the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, the culmination of his semester long residency at Shenandoah University as part of Washington Performing Arts’ “The Art of the Orchestra Series.”   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis debuts a stirring ‘Blues Symphony’

    Posted on February 5th, 2015 in Review

    You can’t accuse Wynton Marsalis of lacking ambition. It’s right there in the title of his “Blues Symphony,” which the composer debuted in its entirety Wednesday night at Strathmore. And that says nothing of its scale. The piece is for 100 musicians (here, the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra), in six discrete movements charting the evolution of the blues throughout the Americas.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Completes Residency At Shenandoah Conservatory

    Posted on January 30th, 2015 in Profiles & Interviews

    In January 2015, legendary jazz trumpeter, music educator and GRAMMY Award-winning musician Wynton Marsalis completed his 2014-15 residency at Shenandoah Conservatory, and the highlight of his involvement is the world premiere of his newly revised, complete “Blues Symphony” on Wednesday, Feb. 4, presented by Washington Performing Arts at The Music Center at Strathmore.   Keep reading »

  • World Premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s newly revised, complete Blues Symphony

    Posted on January 29th, 2015 in Concerts

    Washington Performing Arts presents World Premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s newly revised, complete Blues Symphony for 100-piece symphony orchestra at The Music Center at Strathmore on February 4th at 8pm With Special appearance of The Wynton Marsalis Quintet in solo set Performance is the culmination of a robust semester-long residency with the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra as part of Washington Performing Arts’ The Art of the Orchestra Series   Keep reading »

  • Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra tours Mexico, Puerto Rico, South America and U.S. Virgin Islands

    Posted on January 28th, 2015 in Concerts

    Jazz at Lincoln Center’s current season concerts and events celebrate the influence that the rich musical traditions of the Caribbean, North, South, and Central America have had on jazz throughout its history. The organization announces that the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will launch the 2015 Jazz Across The Americas Tour with concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on February 27 and 28. This landmark tour will bring the Jazz Times and DownBeat Readers Poll winning big band to Mexico City, St. Thomas, San Juan, and South American cities Buenos Aires, Caracas, Lima, Montevideo, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, and São Paolo throughout March 2015.   Keep reading »

  • Drummer Yacub Addy dies

    Posted on January 22nd, 2015 in News | 1

    Ghanaian drummer Yacub Addy, a master of African music who founded Odadaa!, worked with jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and became a National Heritage Fellow in 2010, died of a heart attack on Dec. 18 at the age of 83. He lived in Latham.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis: My jazzy New York

    Posted on January 3rd, 2015 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    He may have been born in the Big Easy, but once Wynton Marsalis hit the Big Apple, there was no going back. Now 53, the nine-time Grammy-winning trumpeter, composer and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center still marvels at his first sight of Manhattan, when he was 17 and auditioning for Juilliard.   Keep reading »

  • JLCO with Wynton Marsalis celebrate Duke, Dizzy, Trane & Mingus: Jazz Titans

    Posted on December 16th, 2014 in Concerts | 2

    New York, NY – December 16, 2014 – The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis perform the music of four pioneering giants of jazz – Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, and Charles Mingus – in Duke, Dizzy, ‘Trane & Mingus:  Jazz Titans at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on January 29, 30 and 31 at 8pm.  Jazz at Lincoln Center is located at Broadway at 60th Street in New York, New York.   Keep reading »