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  • Wynton Marsalis Reflects on 30 Years of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

    Posted on March 29th, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra operating under the leadership of New Orleans trumpet great Wynton Marsalis, who co-founded the program in 1987 (the Orchestra was started the following year) and serves as both its managing and artistic director. And during that time, the JLCO has established a body of work that’s explored some of the deepest aspects of American history, from the country’s oldest Baptist church to New Orleans’ Congo Square to the roots of the nation’s most beloved children’s songs.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis, Guests Explore the Blues

    Posted on March 28th, 2018 in Review

    The blues is the lingua franca on United We Swing: Best Of The Jazz At Lincoln Center Galas (Blue Engine), a new compilation featuring the Wynton Marsalis Septet. The album features memorable performances by a parade of stars from the worlds of pop music, gospel and blues: Bob Dylan, Ray Charles (in one of his final performances), Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Jimmy Buffett, Lenny Kravitz, John Legend, Lyle Lovett, John Mayer, Audra McDonald, Natalie Merchant, Carrie Smith, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, all backed by the trumpeter’s septet. As Marsalis put it in an interview with DownBeat, “All of them came to play.”   Keep reading »

  • Juilliard: An Interview With Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on March 20th, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    Founded in 1939, it’s hard to believe that Blue Note Records has been around for nearly 80 years. Synonymous with extraordinary jazz since its inception, the label has produced and/or commissioned albums from an almost endless list of genre titans, including Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Jackie McLean, Woody Shaw, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, and McCoy Tyner—all of whom have works that the Jazz Orchestra is scheduled to perform on April 3.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis to mentor, perform during Cornell visit March 22-28

    Posted on March 15th, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    Famed musician Wynton Marsalis comes to Cornell next week for his first visit as an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large, to mentor and perform with student musicians, participate in classes and engage with the campus and Ithaca communities.   Keep reading »

  • Behind the decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee

    Posted on March 11th, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    Last May, a crane removed a 16½ foot-tall bronze statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from its perch 60 feet above New Orleans. The statue was one of four Confederate monuments the city’s mayor, Mitch Landrieu, had removed last year. “In a city that I represent that’s 67 percent African American, to have a young African-American girl pass by that statue and look at it every day, I ask myself, ‘Am I really preparing her for a really good future? Is she feeling like she’s getting lifted up by the government, or is she being put down?’” Landrieu tells Anderson Cooper this week on 60 Minutes. “I mean, I think the answer’s pretty clear.”   Keep reading »

  • Jazz Legend Wynton Marsalis in concert with Cornell ensembles March 28

    Posted on March 8th, 2018 in Concerts

    Internationally acclaimed musician, composer, and bandleader Wynton Marsalis will play in concert with student musicians at Cornell’s Bailey Hall on Wednesday, March 28 at 8:00pm. The concert is free and open to the public with no tickets required. Seating is first-come, first-served.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz At Lincoln Center’s 30th Anniversary Gala

    Posted on March 6th, 2018 in Concerts

    Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2018 Gala commemorates the organization’s milestone 30th anniversary and celebrates individuals who support Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education, and advocacy.   Keep reading »

  • Marilyn Maye to join JLCO with Wynton Marsalis for modern twists on classic nursery rhymes

    Posted on March 2nd, 2018 in Concerts

    Embodying Jazz at Lincoln Center’s motto, “Timeless Is Modern,” the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will interpret classic nursery rhymes in modern jazz style in the unique concert event, Nursery Song Swing in Rose Theater, March 9-10. American cabaret singer Marilyn Maye, last seen headlining sold-out shows in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and The Appel Room earlier this season, will join the Orchestra.   Keep reading »

  • JLCO with Wynton Marsalis in London - Bernstein’s compassionate generosity

    Posted on March 1st, 2018 in Review

    Leonard Bernstein’s optimistic modernism united showtune, symphony and jazz into a single, outward-looking musical vision. This concert, part of the Barbican’s celebration of Bernstein’s centennial year, captured the compassionate generosity of Bernstein’s work through the opulent reeds, luxurious brass and rhythmic spring of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO).   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ JLCO Red Hot & Retro At The Barbican

    Posted on March 1st, 2018 in Review

    The 1938 Carnegie Hall concert that brought together Benny Goodman’s hit-making orchestra and stars from the Ellington and Basie bands was a game-changing moment for 20th century America, both artistically and socially. Carnegie Hall, a temple of classical music, was opening its doors to a new world. It was also lending its stage to a glimpse of social harmony that – though yet to be fulfilled, 80 years later – was nonetheless a high-profile showcase for white/African-American artistic liaisons that were inconceivable to many in the 1930s.   Keep reading »