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  • Nine-time Grammy winner, Wynton Marsalis, shares his lifelong connection to Jazz music

    Posted on April 29th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    The love of Jazz started for Wynton Marsalis growing up in New Orleans, watching his father play with some of the great music legends. “My father he struggled a lot,” Marsalis said. “The 17 years that I lived at home it was always a struggle.” Yet, he chose to still pursue the same path.   Keep reading »

  • Sneak peek of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s ‘World on A String: Swinging Songs of Broadway’

    Posted on April 14th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    ‘The House of Swing’ is paying homage to Broadway composers this weekend with original arrangements of stage classics. At the helm of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis.   Keep reading »

  • A Conversation with Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on April 12th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Charlotte welcomes a week of jazz as the Charlotte Jazz Festival launches Monday April 18 and runs through Saturday April 23.  More than a dozen performances, workshops, late night jams, a youth competition and even a jazz brunch are offered at venues in and around the Levine Center for the Arts campus.   Keep reading »

  • PBS to air Ken Burns’s “Jackie Robinson” on April 11 and 12, 2016

    Posted on April 8th, 2016 in Music

    JACKIE ROBINSON, a new two-part, four-hour documentary directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, will air April 11 and 12, 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS. The film tells the story of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who rose from humble origins to break baseball’s color barrier and waged a fierce lifelong battle for first-class citizenship for all African Americans that transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements.    Keep reading »

  • PopMatters: An Interview With Jazz Master Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on April 6th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    Jazz today reflects the culture, as it ever did. Just like television, radio, and music in general, jazz has a huge array of small, targeted ways of reaching an audience. It seems like none of them will ever reach a huge audience, though, much as a late night satire show on cable or Hulu will probably never become the next The Tonight Show.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’s Spaces, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York — ‘Lil Buck moved on a pillow of air’

    Posted on April 5th, 2016 in Review | 1

    With Spaces, Wynton Marsalis has created a jazz Carnival of the Animals. The trumpeter-composer conjures a snake from the slide of trombone, the shimmer of cymbal and the snare drum’s dry tick. Four trumpets, three trombones and five saxes render the clucking cacophony of barnyard chickens as well as their jerky gait. Frogs croak in and out of phase, like Steve Reich.   Keep reading »

  • Jamie Cullum on Wynton Marsalis: ”My favourite interview ever”

    Posted on April 4th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Hosting his own weekly jazz show, on BBC Radio 2 since 2010, Jamie Cullum has had the opportunity to interview pretty much everyone who matters in jazz that still has a pulse.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’s ‘Spaces,’ a Kinetic Series of Zoological Portraits

    Posted on April 3rd, 2016 in Review

    The kazoos cropped up in the 10th and final movement of “Spaces,” an episodic suite by Wynton Marsalis that had its world premiere at the Rose Theater on Friday. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra was swinging light and fast as it happened, bzz-bzz-bzz-bzz-bzz, in a busy rush. It was a cute and clever flourish, in a piece titled “Bees Bees Bees.” And it was also an act of evocation that reflected the larger theme of the suite.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis on the Jazz Fest poster, touring & new record

    Posted on March 28th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Trumpet maestro Wynton Marsalis said he’s happy appear in the top center window of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival poster “House of Swing,” surrounded by other members of his musical family. “Paul Rogers is the artist,” Marsalis said in a telephone conversation from New York. “I’ve known Paul for a long time and I love him.” Though, the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City said, autographing the edition of posters was a chore.   Keep reading »

  • Abyssinian Mass’ by Wynton Marsalis Review

    Posted on March 21st, 2016 in Review | 1

    Wynton Marsalis’s new release, “Abyssinian Mass,” is the third full-length work of a spiritual nature by the trumpeter, composer and bandleader. Compared with his epic “All Rise” (2002), the Mass, which uses the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the 70-voice Chorale Le Chateau choir, is comparatively lean and intimate, and Mr. Marsalis’s compositional ideas are much tighter. The work, which was commissioned by New York’s Abyssinian Baptist Church in 2008 for the 200th anniversary of that African-American institution, received its premiere at JALC’s Rose Hall that year, and then five years later it was taken on tour by the orchestra and recorded. It is now being issued as the fourth album from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Blue Engine Records.   Keep reading »