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  • Swing Symphony review: The strings swing in Wynton Marsalis’ jazz history

    Posted on February 26th, 2016 in Review

    Jazz, like all improvisational idioms, is a dialogue, and it is this element that Wynton Marsalis especially emphasises in his Swing Symphony – that and the rhythm implicit in the title. Marsalis’​ third symphony is a seven-movement work for unamplified jazz band and orchestra, and the dialogue begins by having the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra embedded in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the former’s horns a nugget of gold amid the strings.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis: A rhapsody of respect for greats of classical jazz

    Posted on February 26th, 2016 in Review

    It has been about 30 years since precocious American trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, having won Grammys in jazz and classical music, divided the jazz world with his controversial opinions. He dismissed many of the innovative or experimental styles that had come into jazz in the 1970s and 80s, and emphasised what he saw as its essential elements: coherent improvisation, swing feel and the blues.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis coming in November for Pittsburgh Promise gala

    Posted on February 25th, 2016 in Concerts

    Grammy-winning jazz legend Wynton Marsalis will visit Pittsburgh on Nov. 10 for a special performance at the Wyndham Grand Hotel as part of the gala event “A Night of a Million Possibilities.” Presented by advocacy group Keepers of the Promise, the concert will celebrate the success of The Pittsburgh Promise and is expected to raise $1 million for The Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship Fund, which is working to raise $68 million to sustain scholarships at least through the class of 2028.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz At Lincoln Center Announces 2016-17 Concert & Education Season

    Posted on February 23rd, 2016 in Concerts

    Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis anchors 29th Season celebrating the centennials of the first known jazz recording, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk, and Buddy Rich. Renowned artists headline in Rose Theater with appearances by Kurt Elling, Wycliffe Gordon, Branford Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, Steve Miller, Eddie Palmieri, Danilo Perez, Dianne Reeves, Catherine Russell, and more   Keep reading »

  • Master of jazz cool

    Posted on February 23rd, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Way back in 1999 Wynton Marsalis pulled in the biggest crowd for a jazz evening at the Perth Concert Hall. The choir stalls were filled to bursting, there was not a seat to be had even in the upper galleries and chairs were put on the stage next to the musicians, with audience members literally in their faces.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Barbican, London — ‘Flamboyant’

    Posted on February 22nd, 2016 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis promised that the final evening of JLCO’s three-night Barbican residency would “capture the impact of George Gershwin’s music on the jazz tradition”. This was accomplished in flamboyant style. The trumpeter’s introductions were as concisely eloquent as his few short solos, while JLCO’s ability to conjure earlier jazz styles remains unrivalled. Over the evening they referenced late ragtime, cool-school modernism and most points in between.   Keep reading »

  • Wayne Shorter/JLCO review – bravura and cool as jazz giant comes to town

    Posted on February 19th, 2016 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis’s spirited and long-running Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra often devote their shows to the legacies of pioneers, late or living – but they could hardly have picked a more charismatic guest for the opening night of their current Barbican residency. The work of Wayne Shorter, the 82 year-old saxophonist with a sound as unique as a thumbprint and one of jazz’s greatest small-band composers, was hailed on Thursday in a series of offbeat mini-concertos in which he was principal improvising soloist.   Keep reading »

  • Wayne Shorter With Jlco | London, Barbican

    Posted on February 19th, 2016 in Review

    I first saw the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2003. Wynton Marsalis and his colleagues changed the way I heard music and the centre of my musical universe. How could this concert compare?   Keep reading »

  • Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Barbican

    Posted on February 19th, 2016 in Review

    Wayne Shorter and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – that sounds like a dream pairing. Shorter, now 82, is one of the true greats, a saxophonist and composer with an enchanting and unpredictable approach that makes him instantly recognisable. He had a defining influence on Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet and on Weather Report and, for many, his current quartet represent the pinnacle of modern small group performance. Under the leadership of Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra have come to represent the pinnacle of repertoire big band playing, so this collaborative rummage through Shorter’s back catalogue with arrangements by JLCO members ought to be sublime.   Keep reading »

  • When Shorter and Marsalis brought the house down

    Posted on February 19th, 2016 in Review

    This encounter between famed saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra was bound to be exciting – but also potentially problematic. Wayne Shorter shot to fame in the late Fifties and Sixties when he played with Miles Davis and Art Blakey, and penned some immortal standards. Since then, like some jazz Ulysses, he has roamed into distant seas with a trusty band of colleagues, creating vast visionary pieces that can play for an hour at a stretch. His eye is on the future.   Keep reading »