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  • 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 »

  • Taking Coltrane’s Music and Making It Their Own

    Posted on September 16th, 2006 in Review | 4

    Jazz at Lincoln Center began its new season on Thursday with the first of three nights devoted to the music of John Coltrane. The occasion doubled as an early celebration of what would have been Coltrane’s 80th birthday (Sept. 23) — cake was served during intermission — and an opening salvo for the organization’s third year of programming in Frederick P. Rose Hall at Columbus Circle. It was a success on both counts.   Keep reading »

  • Bill Charlap Remembers Thelonious Monk, a Revolutionary Who Knew How to Swing

    Posted on July 22nd, 2006 in Review | 0

    Early in the course of “Brilliant Corners,” the 92nd Street Y’s concert of Thelonious Monk’s music on Thursday night, the pianist Bill Charlap offered a succinct appreciation of Monk’s singular place in jazz. “He was a revolutionary within a revolution,” Mr. Charlap said. The revolution, he went on to explain, was bebop, which Monk helped foment but never fully embraced.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis returns to Vitoria

    Posted on July 16th, 2006 in Review | 3

    The trumpeter Wynton Marsalis fulfilled his promise and returned last night to the International Festival of Jazz in Vitoria to complete and premier exclusively a work dedicated to the city, his personal tribute to the city was rewarded with a statue commemorating the first ever Pulitzer Prize in Jazz.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis and Paco de Lucia in Vitoria-Gasteiz

    Posted on July 12th, 2006 in Review | 5

    El Festival Internacional de Jazz de Vitoria ofreció ayer una imagen única y, probablemente, irrepetible: Paco de Lucía, a la guitarra, y Wynton Marsalis, a la trompeta, sobre el mismo escenario compartiendo y fusionando su arte ante un pabellón repleto de público. La escena se hizo esperar, pero no defraudó. Antes, Paco de Lucía subió al escenario y, en solitario, con la guitarra y sillas vacías a su alrededor, se reencontró con el público de Vitoria, el mismo con el que hace dos años compartió su recién otorgado Príncipe de Asturias de las Artes.   Keep reading »