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  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Opens Season With ‘Ochas’

    Posted on September 19th, 2014 in Review | 0

    Wynton Marsalis opened Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2014-15 season with the world premiere of “Ochas,” a three-movement suite blending jazz with the traditional folkloric music of Cuba and the Afro-Cuban Santeria religion.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Trumpets Youth, Musical Diversity At Annual London Residency

    Posted on July 4th, 2014 in Review | 0

    The solo played by U.S. jazzman Wynton Marsalis to close his now-annual residency at London’s Barbican this week was a rare personal moment in what was otherwise a master class in sharing the limelight. In lieu of a full-fledged encore with his 14-strong Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), Marsalis entertained with a small combo, delighting an already bouncing crowd with swooping scales of trumpet.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Swing at UMS Concert Series

    Posted on April 1st, 2014 in Review | 0

    One thing in particular is guaranteed whenever the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs: swing, swing, and more swing. The orchestra, led by trumpeter, educator, and composer Wynton Marsalis did just that during their concert on Sunday afternoon at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI. The concert was sponsored by the performing arts center University Musical Society, which is affiliated with the University of Michigan.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis and JALC concert at Chicago Orchestra Hall

    Posted on March 29th, 2014 in Review | 0

    There’s a palpable sense of occasion in the air when the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra returns to Orchestra Hall, and you feel it as soon as you walk into the room. The presence of so many listeners seated on stage around the band, crowding the terrace area behind it and filling every remaining seat in the house distinguishes this event from most concerts in the grand old venue. Major performances unfold here many nights a week, in other words, but Chicagoans turn these JALC appearances – led by the band’s music director, Wynton Marsalis – into something of a civic occasion.   Keep reading »

  • The music that didn’t stop: Harvard Lecture #6

    Posted on January 31st, 2014 in Review | 0

    In final lecture of his series, Marsalis outlines the rise of jazz against backdrop of repression   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis’ JLCO Swings Full Out in Philly

    Posted on June 24th, 2013 in Review | 0

    Last year, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis was in Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, he mostly gave a jazz history lecture, interspersed with a couple of tunes by small jazz chamber ensemble from his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra who dazzled, however briefly. As much as the audience was entertained by Marsalis, the raconteur (he can’t become that senior sage soon enough) he left us musically parched. This month, Marsalis, was back with the full 15-piece Lincoln Center Orchestra, and it was all about the music, he gave a few brief song intros, but otherwise cued two hours of protean big-band artistry.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ JLCO at Chicago Symphony Center

    Posted on June 23rd, 2013 in Review | 0

    Is it possible that a quarter century has passed since the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra was created? Apparently so, for the mighty ensemble played the Chicago stop on its 25th anniversary tour Friday night at Symphony Center, a capacity audience crowding Orchestra Hall, including stage seating.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz as conversation - Marsalis explores instincts, teamwork behind a good performance

    Posted on April 19th, 2013 in Review | 0

    Great jazz requires a strange alchemy of instinct and expertise, of empathy and teamwork from its musicians — a fact few know better than famed artist and composer Wynton Marsalis. Jazz is a conversation, but a nuanced, swift, and complicated one, he said. At Sanders Theatre on Wednesday, Marsalis and a band of all-star musicians both discussed and demonstrated how to achieve that balance in “At the Speed of Instinct: Choosing Together to Play and Stay Together,” the fourth of Marsalis’ six-part lecture series at Harvard that began in 2011. Coming just two day’s after Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, the performance provided a collective respite for the campus.   Keep reading »

  • Listen up, says Marsalis - Master class at the Boston Arts Academy

    Posted on April 18th, 2013 in Review | 0

    As many parents can attest, rousing a child from sleep to make it to the bus stop can be a difficult task. Doing so during a vacation week would seem near impossible. But on Thursday, a group of students from Boston and Cambridge happily rose from bed and made it to class. The reason? Wynton Marsalis was in the house. For an hour and a half the famous trumpeter conducted a master class at the Boston Arts Academy, the city’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts.   Keep reading »

  • An Oratorio of History With History of Its Own

    Posted on February 25th, 2013 in Review | 0

    By the time of Wynton Marsalis’s 1994 oratorio, “Blood on the Fields,” written for three singers and a 15-piece band, his scale for musical structure and organizational planning was big and getting bigger. He was 32 then. Jazz at Lincoln Center hadn’t yet become a constituent part of the larger Lincoln Center organization, and the idea of a dedicated theater for jazz hadn’t even been proposed. But he had already written extended works and had developed a framework for identifying and explaining jazz’s standards of excellence, and for linking the music to the history of black Americans and the notion of cultural survival. Never before had such power resided within one jazz musician, and those who doubted him wanted to be impressed on every possible level — especially after “Blood” won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for music.   Keep reading »