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  • JLCO with Wynton Marsalis and Cécile McLorin Salvant at Marcus Center in Milwaukee

    Posted on December 2nd, 2014 in Review | 0

    The holiday season fits polymath Wynton Marsalis like a big white mitten. The artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center totes nine Grammy awards, a Pulitzer Prize and a bounty of celebratory musical goodies to share in spirit, as might the most soulful St. Nick.   Keep reading »

  • Concert Review: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Milwaukee

    Posted on December 2nd, 2014 in Review | 0

    Wynton Marsalis came to Milwaukee last to give a history lesson. But instead of using Powerpoint for the instruction, he brought along the 17-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as his teaching tool. Marsalis offered background and context for each piece, yet at no time were his remarks dry or didactic. In fact, once the format was established, Marsalis’ brief comments before each selection became a welcomed and expected part of the evening’s performance.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis wins Best Traditional Jazz Performance At The Soul Train Awards 2014

    Posted on December 1st, 2014 in News | 1

    The Soul Train Awards 2014 – hosted by Wendy Williams - celebrate and honor R&B legends and soul music’s brightest new stars. Showcasing the evolution of Soul Train’s impact on musical history from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today, the new Soul Train Awards are about the marriage of music and dance. Fellow nominees in the Best Traditional Jazz Performance category include: Gregory Porter “Hey Laura”; Audra McDonald “What a Little Moonlight Can Do”; Kenny Garret “Pushing the World Away”; and Monty Alexander “Concierto de Aranjuez”.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis, Milwaukee Symphony president talk about musical outreach

    Posted on December 1st, 2014 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who will lead the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in a holiday concert Monday at the Marcus Center, has a fan in Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra president Mark Niehaus. Niehaus, who spent many years as MSO principal trumpeter before moving into administration, studied music at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts under Wynton’s father, pianist Ellis Marsalis.   Keep reading »

  • A Latin Musician Translates a Meeting of Cultures

    Posted on November 15th, 2014 in Review | 2

    The reality that jazz and Afro-Latin music have been mixed for a century can sometimes lead to the myth that a musician trained in one tradition is effectively trained in the other, and that fluency runs both ways at all times, in all places. And so you might have looked at an advertisement for the Panamanian singer Rubén Blades collaborating with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, as he is doing through Saturday night at the Rose Theater, and thought, sure, Latin jazz.   Keep reading »

  • Rubén Blades’ Jazz at Lincoln Center concert to be livestreamed worldwide

    Posted on November 3rd, 2014 in Concerts | 1

    Jazz at Lincoln Center offers music fans around the world the opportunity to watch salsa giant Rubén Blades’ sold out performance in Rose Theater via live webcast at jazz.org/live on November 15, 2014 at 8pm ET. Blades will perform jazz standards alongside his distinctive salsa hits with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Vocalist Eddie Rosado and percussionists Bobby Allende, Marc Quiñones, and Carlos Padron also join Blades for these concerts.   Keep reading »

  • Big Band Holidays U.S. Tour 2014

    Posted on October 24th, 2014 in Concerts | 1

    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant celebrate “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” with a 3-week, 12-city Big Band Holidays U.S. Tour.  Kicking off the holiday season with messages of peace and good cheer, the Big Band Holidays U.S. Tour commences on December 1 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and ends on December 21 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Tour dates include four performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, located at Broadway at 60th Street in New York, New York.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Family Concert: Who is Tito Puente?

    Posted on October 9th, 2014 in Concerts | 0

    Jazz at Lincoln Center invites school-age children and their families to join host Carlos Henriquez and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis as the critically-acclaimed big band performs in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Family Concert: Who is Tito Puente?  This special concert event for families takes place on Saturday, November 22 at 1pm & 3pm at Rose Theater in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, located at Broadway at 60th Street in New York, New York.   Keep reading »

  • IdeaFestival: Wynton Marsalis’ key to success — ‘Don’t have anything to fall back on’

    Posted on October 1st, 2014 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    James White, head of Louisville Collegiate School, once was asked who he would change places with for one day if he had the option. His answer: Acclaimed jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. “To be able to play like you one day would be the story of my life,” White told a visibly humbled Marsalis during a session at IdeaFestival in downtown Louisville Wednesday afternoon.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Brazilian Festival

    Posted on September 29th, 2014 in Concerts | 0

    The late Moacir Santos’ work illuminated the soul of Brazil, creating a truly national music, which has been recorded extensively by hundreds of artists. Melding Afro-Latin influences with improvisation and jazz harmony helped make Santos a genuinely original voice in Brazilian music. Santos was orphaned at an early age, and taken in by a family who helped him take music lessons. He continued to learn the music of Brazil throughout his formative years, garnering an encyclopedic musical knowledge. compositions.   Keep reading »