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  • Jazz ABZ reviewed on the New York Times

    Posted on November 17th, 2005 in Books, Review | 0

    The New York Times has just published a review on the new book Jazz ABZ written by Wynton and illustrated by Paul Rogers.   Keep reading »

  • An Epic History of Black Experience, in Music and Movement

    Posted on November 11th, 2005 in Review | 0

    Garth Fagan and Wynton Marsalis have been friends for more than 20 years, and since 1991 have collaborated frequently. Wednesday night at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, to open a run through Sunday of Garth Fagan Dance, Mr. Marsalis and his septet played live for a lovely revival of their first collaboration, “Griot New York,” first seen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis plays hall to perfection

    Posted on November 3rd, 2005 in Review | 0

    TROY—Wynton Marsalis is no fool. He knows how good the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall sounds. He barely noticed the microphone put up in front of him Wednesday night, instead opting to play from any position on the stage he chose, with the sound still carrying to every corner.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis, quintet shine

    Posted on November 2nd, 2005 in Review | 1

    Wynton Marsalis skipped back to his 2004 CD, ‘‘The Magic Hour,” for most of the material his quintet played at Sanders Theatre on Sunday, passing over the covers that fuel the more recent ‘‘Live at the House of Tribes” in favor of the trumpeter’s whimsical originals.   Keep reading »

  • New JLCO’s album reviewed by All About Jazz

    Posted on November 2nd, 2005 in Review | 0

    Six compositions by Charles Mingus give the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra something different to work with. The swing is still there, but each piece echoes with the emotional strength and ferocity that its composer espoused through his ensembles. As with the original, you get a powerful bass line that leads the way, and you get thrilling soloists who provide impeccable examples of musicianship. What’s missing is the passion that Mingus took with him everywhere he went.   Keep reading »

  • Combining Forces to Revive the Soul of New Orleans

    Posted on October 29th, 2005 in Review | 0

    Music is the soul of society, the heart of culture. So, at least, it was variously pronounced by the likes of Itzhak Perlman and Beverly Sills in the course of an evening devoted to bringing it back. “Bringing Back the Music” was the title of the New York Philharmonic’s joint benefit concert with and for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday night at Avery Fisher Hall. New Orleans, of course, was the intended destination of this particular return: orchestral music in other American cities will have to continue to fend for itself.   Keep reading »

  • All Rise: The freedom of jazz

    Posted on October 4th, 2005 in Review | 0

    The idea of a synthesis of Classical music and Jazz is nearly as old as Jazz itself—from Gershwin and Stravinsky through Bernstein, Brubeck or Jacques Loussier. But Wynton Marsalis, the outstanding New York-based trumpeter and bandleader, educator and composer from New Orleans, has a special approach.   Keep reading »

  • Review: ‘KC and the Count’

    Posted on September 25th, 2005 in Review | 0

    Jazz at Lincoln Center launched another season with “KC and the Count” celebrating a formidable time and place in the history of jazz. Kansas City served as a base for the birth of boogie-woogie and the development of a young New Jersey-born pianist, William “Count” Basie. Under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra re-created the spirit of an age and the great virtues of the kid from Red Bank.   Keep reading »

  • Reliving the Heyday of Kansas City Swing

    Posted on September 24th, 2005 in Review | 0

    It is the beginning of the second year for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new home at Columbus Circle, but the 18th year since the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra became the institution’s resident jazz band. The second statistic is the more meaningful.   Keep reading »

  • Higher Ground benefit concert reviewed on New York Times

    Posted on September 23rd, 2005 in Review | 0

    True to New Orleans ritual, “Higher Ground”—the benefit for Hurricane Katrina relief at the Rose Theater on Saturday night—opened with a processional and wound up with a parade.   Keep reading »