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  • The Guardian: Wynton Marsalis with JLCO and Odadaa” at Barbican

    Posted on July 12th, 2012 in Review | 1

    Wynton Marsalis is famously resistant to notions of jazz-fusion. He has denounced attempts to dilute jazz by using funk or rock rhythms, always loudly asserting the primacy of swing in the jazz tradition. African rhythms, however, are rather more problematic for him. These rhythms do not swing in the traditional sense: they do not use swung quavers. Musicologically, they’re as far from his notion of jazz as, say, heavy metal. Yet they are undeniably part of jazz’s DNA.   Keep reading »

  • Reviews and Photos from Wynton’s Third Harvard Lecture “Meet Me at the Crossroads”

    Posted on February 14th, 2012 in Review | 0

    Wynton Marsalis recently gave the third of six epic lectures that he is slated to give at Harvard University. He promised that this one wasn’t going to be 4 and half hours long, as the last one was. When he got started, the result was part history lesson, part concert, part spoken-word poetry reading. Three hours into the show, his agenda became clear: He was telling a timeless story about love. For Charlie “Yardbird’’ Parker, inventor of bebop. For Bessie Smith, teller of the low-down nasty truth. For Woody Guthrie, who sang about running from the law. For all those who sang about being both broke and broken-hearted. For every artist who cared more about art than celebrity.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Played The Blues

    Posted on April 12th, 2011 in Review | 8

    Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton collaborated forces this past weekend at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, to explore the shared musical ground between New Orleans, the Delta and Chicago. Joined by eight other stellar musicians, including members of Marsalis’ quintet, Marsalis and Clapton performed the works of W.C. Handy, Louis Armstrong, Howlin’ Wolf, Big Maceo and more. The songs were selected by Clapton, while Marsalis’ arrangements embodied the authentic New Orleans sound of King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band.   Keep reading »

  • The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis Reviewed by the Washington Post

    Posted on February 1st, 2011 in Review | 0

    When Marsalis and his orchestra go to Washington, big-band returns with a bang Who says jazz can’t draw an audience? On Sunday, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra presented a performance of uncompromising big-band jazz to a wildly appreciative audience at the sold-out Kennedy Center Concert Hall. It’s been 28 years since the ever-youthful Marsalis made his Washington debut, and by now it seems clear that the Lincoln Center Orchestra – JLCO, for short – may be his greatest achievement. Before the concert, Marsalis was honored for his work with the Capitol Jazz Project, a middle-school jazz curriculum…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s Residency in Havana, Cuba 2010

    Posted on October 14th, 2010 in Review | 1

    Between the dates October 2nd and October 10th Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center passionately shared their music with children, musicians, and the people of Cuba. The Cuban music community welcomed the JLCO with open arms and the residency resulted in an all-encompassing exchange of music and culture. American and Cuban media covered the weeklong residency: October 6, 2010 Escambray – “Wynton Marsalis: It’s an Honor to Visit Cuba” Cuban News – “US Jazzmen Succumb to Cuban Music” October 7, 2010 Cuban News – “Chucho Valdes and Marsalis Make Masterly Performance in Havana” October 8, 2010 Wall Street Journal – “In Cuba, an ‘Extended Family’ Reunites” Associated…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis in Cuba for Historic Jazz Concerts

    Posted on October 5th, 2010 in Review | 0

    A country known for groundbreaking jazz is getting a visit from one of America’s leading trumpeters, who spent the weekend jamming with Cuban legends ahead of a concert series that will put musicians from the two Cold War enemies on stage together. The visit by Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra kicks off a season of unprecedented cultural exchanges – with the American Ballet Theater scheduled to perform in Havana next month in honor of Cuban ballet legend Alicia Alonso. Several Cuban musicians have also traveled to the United States in recent months, taking advantage of a…   Keep reading »

  • Five City “LOUIS” Tour Reviewed

    Posted on September 5th, 2010 in Review | 1

    From August 25th through August 31st Wynton, Cecile Licad and a 10-piece jazz ensemble premiered Louis, a silent film directed by Dan Pritzker. The sold out tour reached five cities and was reviewed by press from around the world. Read the reviews here: Washington Post, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal,   Keep reading »

  • Swing Symphony World Premiere, JALC’s Barbican Residency Reviewed

    Posted on June 25th, 2010 in Review | 0

    During the dates June 9-13, 2010 Wynton and the JLCO premiered “Swing Symphony” (Symphony No. 3) with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Berliner Philharmoniker. It was reviewed by Deutsche Welle, and Financial Times and The Arts Desk. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis then traveled to London where Jazz at Lincoln Center had a residency at the Barbican Centre from June 16-20, 2010. The residency was reviewed by JazzWise Magazine, The Telegraph, London Jazz, The Guardian, JazzWise Magazine (jam at Vortex), Financial Times,The Independent, The Guardian and The Evening Standard.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Septet Middle East Debut at Abu Dhabi Festival 2010 Review

    Posted on April 13th, 2010 in Review | 1

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 6 April 2010: One of the greatest living jazz musicians in the world, legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, made his Middle East debut last night in front of an enthralled Emirates Palace Auditorium audience. Wynton Marsalis has been hailed by critics worldwide as the outstanding trumpet player of his generation. Last night, this accolade was vindicated to a stunned Abu Dhabi audience, who were treated to the power of his unique musical vision as Marsalis and his ensemble demonstrated the very essence of jazz, in his inimitable, signature style. Delivering a spirited and inspired performance on the trumpet, Marsalis led…   Keep reading »

  • JLCO with Wynton Marsalis March 2010 US tour reviewed

    Posted on March 30th, 2010 in Review | 0

    During the month of March 2010, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis toured the US performing Ted Nash’s Portrait in Seven Shades. The concerts were reviewed by Al.com, the Tallahassee Democrat and AnnArbor.com. Check out the setlist for each performance.   Keep reading »