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  • Jazz in the Key of Life at JALC

    Posted on December 8th, 2015 in Concerts | 4

    Led by Music Director and lead Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist Vincent Gardner, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis presents Jazz in the Key of Life on January 15 & 16, 2016 at 8pm in Rose Theater, located in Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street, New York. Gardner and fellow members of the JLCO will debut more than a dozen new jazz arrangements of r&b and pop classics from the late 1960s and 1970s.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton with students from St. Brigid Elementary School in Hamilton

    Posted on December 8th, 2015 in Education

    Wynton Marsalis brought swing to Christmas in Hamilton. It was a remarkable evening, showcasing what is perhaps the best jazz band in the world, backed by two breathtaking vocalists.   Keep reading »

  • Concert review: Lincoln Center orchestra, Wynton Marsalis bring big New Orleans cheer to Portland

    Posted on December 3rd, 2015 in Review

    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis was back in Portland on Wednesday night. And, as in past visits, the group was welcomed by an enthusiastic sell-out crowd at Merrill Auditorium for this Ovations event.   Keep reading »

  • Jingle Bells and jazz

    Posted on November 27th, 2015 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    Wynton Marsalis, one of the most important American musicians of the past 50 years, is on the phone from his home in New York City. We’re talking about “Jingle Bells.” The conversation started rather awkwardly, on my part, anyway. I mean, this is a guy who has dedicated much of the past four decades ensuring that jazz is recognized as a true American art form, perhaps the American art form … and I’m asking him if he and his extraordinary Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra play “Jingle Bells.”   Keep reading »

  • A Love Supreme: JLCO plays Coltrane at Boston Symphony Hall

    Posted on November 24th, 2015 in Review | 1

    The power, variety and virtuosity of big-band jazz were on show Sunday evening at Symphony Hall. In a presentation of the Celebrity Series of Boston, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performed a two-hour concert of music composed or reinvented by saxophonist John Coltrane.   Keep reading »

  • Orchestra Pays Tribute to John Coltrane at Symphony Hall

    Posted on November 23rd, 2015 in

    John Coltrane’s seminal album-long suite A Love Supreme is one of the saxophone virtuoso’s most fitting work for tribute, but also perhaps his most difficult to interpret. The jazz classic, which celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year, is defined by its intense, passionate and, at times, chaotic improvisation.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis honored at Marian Anderson Awards at the Kimmel Center

    Posted on November 11th, 2015 in Review

    The Kimmel Center was aglow for the Marian Anderson awards on Tuesday evening with stars including honoree Wynton Marsalis, TV journalist Soledad O’Brien as master of ceremonies, gospel singer Kim Burrell, and Grammy-winning vocalist Lalah Hathaway. Attendees donned regal dresses and dapper suits to honor historic contralto Anderson and jazz legend Marsalis.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ Acceptance Speech at Marian Anderson Award 2015

    Posted on November 10th, 2015 in Speech | 1

    I would like to thank the Board of Directors and Chair Nina Tinari for selecting me as recipient of this year’s Marian Anderson Award. Thank you Mayor Nutter. And thanks to young Max Chambers who was accompanied by the great Farid Baron, to Miss Misty Copeland, to Lalah Hathaway, to Kim Burrell, to Bill Jolly and his band, and to my brothers for life, the seven.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis Concerto in D, Barbican, London — ‘Vivid, restless’

    Posted on November 9th, 2015 in Review

    Contrary to some preconceptions, classical music has always opened its arms to outside influences. In the US, jazz and classical have enjoyed a particularly fruitful courtship. If there ever were boundaries that mattered, they disappeared long ago. Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein have all been there, so Wynton Marsalis is in good company.   Keep reading »

  • LSO/Gaffigan review – Nicola Benedetti does her best with unrestrained Marsalis

    Posted on November 8th, 2015 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis is a very busy musician. On the night Nicola Benedetti was premiering his violin concerto in London, Marsalis was in Princeton, on tour with his Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra. So one could understand if he feared he might not get the time to write another violin concerto. Perhaps that’s why he seemed to be throwing everything he had at this one.   Keep reading »