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  • 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.   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.   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.   Keep reading »

  • Roots and rites of swing from Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on June 18th, 2010 in Review | 0

    It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing, as the old aphorism has it, but Wynton Marsalis is pushing it a stage further. United in Swing, described as the Barbican’s first international residency, involves his orchestra in a hectic schedule of concerts, jam sessions and education projects in east London, based on the notion that, given encouragement and expert tuition, any kind of people can swing. And there, reluctantly, we must part company.   Keep reading »

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

    Posted on April 13th, 2010 in Review | 1

    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.   Keep reading »

  • JLCO with Wynton Marsalis March 2010 US tour reviewed

    Posted on March 30th, 2010 in Review | 0

    On March 2010, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis toured the US performing Ted Nash’s Portrait in Seven Shades.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s new composition for Michigan reviewed

    Posted on September 30th, 2008 in Review | 1

    Last week, in East Lansing and Detroit (MI), Wynton premiered his new composition: “Two in Three”, commissioned by Michigan State University College of Music and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra . The concerts were reviewed by Detroit Free Press and by East Lansing City Pulse.   Keep reading »

  • Ahmad Jamal at JALC’s season opening concert

    Posted on September 25th, 2008 in Review | 0

    When Ahmad Jamal mentioned that it’s been 50 years since “that” recording in Chicago—the renowned At the Pershing: But Not For Me which he recorded as a member of the Pershing Hotel’s house trio in 1958—his longevity and scope as a pianist quickly came into perspective and overwhelmed me. Few pianists, let alone jazz musicians, can claim such an expansive career. That the majority of this setlist came only from the latter 20 years of his repertoire was an additional testament to his continuing presence as one of jazz’s great pianists and innovators. But at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s season opening concert series in Rose Hall Jamal humbly eschewed his celebrated stature, opting to cherish the Hall’s demure acoustics, his quartet’s deft phrasing, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s superb arrangements and soloing.   Keep reading »

  • Review: ‘Ahmad Jamal, Wynton Marsalis’

    Posted on September 25th, 2008 in Review | 0

    Celebrating the 50th anniversary of his landmark recording of “Poinciana,” Ahmad Jamal encored the piece in a politely designed and refined performance. The vet pianist played with his trademark feathery grace that’s often accented by boldly explosive chords. Jamal’s opening set found him in the company of a rhythmic trio governed by percussionist Manolo Badrena, whose dancing fingers provided a relentlessly pulsating tempo for the entire repertoire.   Keep reading »

  • Ahmad Jamal Strikes up the Orchestra

    Posted on September 22nd, 2008 in Review | 0

    Can this really be the fifth season of Jazz at Lincoln Center at Rose Hall? Already there are young people filling seats at the Rose Theater who probably feel that JaLC has been around forever, and even take it for granted. They’d probably be amazed to hear that listeners in the 1940s thought it was a big deal whenever jazz made it to one of the major concert halls, like Carnegie or Town Hall, and probably couldn’t imagine a world in which American music was accorded the same respect as symphonies and chamber works. (It had only been a few generations since ragtime was condemned by the pope and jazz itself was officially denounced by the city of New Orleans, where it was created.) So if young fans want to act as though Rose Hall — the only jazz-specific multiplex in the country, if not the world — is no big deal, then that’s a good thing, an illustration of how far we’ve come.   Keep reading »