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  • Beloved Styles, Crossing and Colliding

    Posted on November 18th, 2006 in Review | 0

    For months the American Composers Orchestra has been touting an adventurous collaborative program with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. But as the concert on Thursday night at the Rose Theater showed, bold collaborations are sometimes easier to plan than to pull off.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s concert in Los Angeles reviewed by Variety.com

    Posted on October 31st, 2006 in Review | 1

    Wynton Marsalis turned up at Disney Hall Monday night, leading his quintet of like-minded musicians, backing the lustrous-voiced young singer Jennifer Sanon, keeping his vaunted horn skills in shape. With all that he has to do these days — running Jazz at Lincoln Center, composing, teaching, writing, proselytizing, helping out with the rebuilding of New Orleans — it’s amazing that he still has the time and energy to go out on the road.  Yet it was a modest 90-minute set by his standards — resolutely, obstinately conservative in idiom, basically showing the flag before dashing off to the next gig or project or meeting.   Keep reading »

  • Review: Wynton Marsalis And Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives, Jazz At Lincoln Center

    Posted on October 25th, 2006 in Review | 0

    Arguably the most influential recordings in the history of jazz, Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Hot Sevens were the occasion for three Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts in the Rose Theater, Sept. 28-30, featuring Wynton Marsalis and eight other musicians. As my first visit to New York in several years and my first chance to see the new digs of Jazz at Lincoln Center, I made a point of catching the Saturday night performance which, like the other two, bore the title: “Wynton and Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives.”   Keep reading »

  • Sizzling backup a bonus gift on jazzman’s birthday

    Posted on October 23rd, 2006 in Review | 2

    The coolest shindig in town Wednesday night had to be Wynton Marsalis’s 46th birthday concert. About 1,050 Victorians celebrated with the most famous jazz trumpeter alive, joining his quintet to sing Happy Birthday to the boss. Marsalis, natty in a tan three-piece suit, got into the fun himself on this unplanned encore with a solo spanning buttery bop flurries and echoes of Dixieland. Then, after offering a few notes to the audience sitting stage right, the trumpeter—seeming both pleased and faintly embarrassed—strolled off.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis puts Seattle jazz kids to the test

    Posted on October 23rd, 2006 in Review | 0

    “When I tell you something,” said jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, wearing a suit and tie Saturday afternoon at the Paramount Theatre, “it’s with love, like you were my own son or daughter. Don’t take it as negative, but I am going to tell you something.”   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis hits the high notes in small-group show

    Posted on October 22nd, 2006 in Review | 0

    “If I see something and you see something, it’s there,” explained trumpeter Wynton Marsalis Saturday, during his richly satisfying show at the Paramount Theatre. “And if it’s there, we’re both there, too. So there’s no ‘they.’ That’s why [this tune] is called ‘Find Me.’ “   Keep reading »

  • Channeling the Granddaddy of Skid-Dat-De-Dat

    Posted on September 30th, 2006 in Review | 7

    In the recorded literature of jazz — and of American music, really — there is no greater document than the stack of three-minute sides made by Louis Armstrong for the OKeh label in the mid- to late 1920’s. Leading two successive bands billed as his Hot Five (and, briefly, a Hot Seven), Armstrong delivered a series of performances bursting with bravura and invention, in the process introducing a heroic new language of improvisation.   Keep reading »

  • Coltrane concert at JALC reviewed by the New York Times

    Posted on September 16th, 2006 in Concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, New York Times, Review | 4

    Yesterday, Wynton and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra performed the music of John Coltrane at Frederick P. Rose Hall. Here is a review of the concert on the New York Times (free registration required)   Keep reading »

  • Wynton featured in the Arts section of New York Times

    Posted on August 29th, 2006 in Review | 2

    A new and interesting article about Wynton is featured oin the Arts- Music section of the New York Times on the web. Check it out ! (free registration needed)   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis playing tonight at Ronnie Scott’s

    Posted on August 2nd, 2006 in Concerts, Review, Video | 5

    Tonight (and tomorrow) Wynton is playing at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. We were with him this afternoon at the rehaersal and shot some wonderful video-clips for you. We’ll publish them as soon as possible with some photos from the event….   Keep reading »