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  • Wynton Marsalis’ expression of faith: ‘The Abyssinian Mass’

    Posted on March 14th, 2016 in Review

    It’s a theme that trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has considered deeply and often in his career as composer: faith. With “The Abyssinian Mass,” a three-disc set that Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will release Friday, the composer returns to the subject, in expansive form.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis teaches Wellington kids a lesson in jazz

    Posted on March 11th, 2016 in Review

    “Be a No 1 yourself, and not a No 2 somebody else,” 750 schoolchildren shout back to jazz great Wynton Marsalis. The winner of nine Grammy Awards reminds the group what they’ve learned in the past hour. “Generosity of spirit, having good manners, learning to listen ... don’t let limitations limit you,” he says.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis wows with his trumpet

    Posted on March 10th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Down a Wellington laneway, tucking into a bowl of ramen noodles, Wynton Marsalis could pass for any visiting tourist. Off stage without his trumpet and suit, and dressed in a casual sweater and jeans, the 53-year-old who is considered the world’s greatest-living trumpeter is like any other jet-lagged person on the road. After lunch, he wants a long black coffee to get through the rest of the day.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton collaborates with The Sachal Ensemble on “Song of Lahore”

    Posted on March 9th, 2016 in Music

    Universal Music Classics presents an East-meets-West musical landmark: Song of Lahore, an album inspired by the moving documentary of the same name by two-time Academy Award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Pakistan’s only double Oscar winner).   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony in Perth

    Posted on March 7th, 2016 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis’ tribute to the history and players of this great music tradition is evident in his playing, choice of work, and his humble sharing of the stage. He is an internationally respected teacher and spokesperson for music education and was appointed Messenger of Peace by Kofi Annan in 2001.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis brings golden jazz to town

    Posted on March 4th, 2016 in Review

    The last time I heard a sound this golden was when the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was in town. On Thursday night there was the same rarefied atmosphere as the sound of the iconic Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra blazed through the Perth Concert Hall.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz master stays back of the pack

    Posted on March 3rd, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Nine-time Grammy Award winning jazz legend Wynton Marsalis is happy sitting three rows back as the fourth trumpeter while young Perth conductor Christopher Dragon puts the ensemble through its paces.   Keep reading »

  • Review: Swing Symphony (Sydney Symphony Orchestra)

    Posted on February 29th, 2016 in Review

    Engaging head and heart is a laudable goal, frequently aimed for, less than frequently achieved, and to that end programming is something of a dark art. That old black magic, however, was definitely in the air at the Sydney Opera House as Chief Conductor David Robertson started his 2016 season with a heady brew concocted out of two perfectly complementary composers: Leonard Bernstein and Wynton Marsalis.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis raises the temperature with jazz on a hot summer’s night

    Posted on February 27th, 2016 in Review

    The howling horns and visceral rhythms of Harlem’s Cotton Club got the audience’s blood pumping when one of the greatest figures in contemporary jazz, Wynton Marsalis, led his Lincoln Center band in series of concerts for Sydney Symphony Orchestra this week. On Wednesday, as a special one off, the 15-man band played two sets — one of Duke Ellington and the other music by George Gershwin.   Keep reading »

  • 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 »