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  • Wayne Shorter With Jlco | London, Barbican

    Posted on February 19th, 2016 in Review

    I first saw the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2003. Wynton Marsalis and his colleagues changed the way I heard music and the centre of my musical universe. How could this concert compare?   Keep reading »

  • Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Barbican

    Posted on February 19th, 2016 in Review

    Wayne Shorter and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – that sounds like a dream pairing. Shorter, now 82, is one of the true greats, a saxophonist and composer with an enchanting and unpredictable approach that makes him instantly recognisable. He had a defining influence on Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet and on Weather Report and, for many, his current quartet represent the pinnacle of modern small group performance. Under the leadership of Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra have come to represent the pinnacle of repertoire big band playing, so this collaborative rummage through Shorter’s back catalogue with arrangements by JLCO members ought to be sublime.   Keep reading »

  • When Shorter and Marsalis brought the house down

    Posted on February 19th, 2016 in Review

    This encounter between famed saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra was bound to be exciting – but also potentially problematic. Wayne Shorter shot to fame in the late Fifties and Sixties when he played with Miles Davis and Art Blakey, and penned some immortal standards. Since then, like some jazz Ulysses, he has roamed into distant seas with a trusty band of colleagues, creating vast visionary pieces that can play for an hour at a stretch. His eye is on the future.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center announces 15 Finalists for the 2016 Essentially Ellington Competition

    Posted on February 17th, 2016 in News

    Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly announces the 15 finalist bands that will compete in the 21st Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival – one of the most innovative jazz education events in the world – at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, on May 5 – 7, 2016. The following finalists are among nearly 100 high school jazz bands across North America that entered the competition.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’s Favorite Things

    Posted on February 10th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    “ONE OF MY MENTORS was Yacub Addy, a master Ghanaian drummer. He made the drum in front. When he gave it to me, he said that the sound of a drum is the soul of the drum, something I always remember. The blue book on the table, Autobiography of a Yogi, is one that my father gave me when I left home at 17. We had never talked about yoga or Eastern religion—I was just a country boy. But I read the book while I was on the bus and enjoyed it. My youngest son is a painter. That’s his work propped up on the book. His images have so much feeling in them.   Keep reading »

  • Blue Engine Records Releases The Abyssinian Mass

    Posted on February 3rd, 2016 in Music

    New York, NY – February 3, 2016– Raise your voices and lift your hearts as Blue Engine Records releases The Abyssinian Mass by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis featuring Damien Sneed, Chorale Le Chateau and Special Guest Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III on March 18, 2016. The Abyssinian Mass — a landmark collaboration of jazz, gospel, instrumentation and vocals — marks Marsalis’s first original recorded composition in six years.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Performs Night of Gershwin

    Posted on February 1st, 2016 in Review | 1

    The rhythm was absolutely fascinating at the Rose Theater over this past weekend as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by its virtuoso artistic director Wynton Marsalis—the Pied-Piper trumpeter of America’s signature musical art form—reinvigorated the George Gershwin songbook with all its ragtime and stride-piano splendor.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis and JLCO play marathon, with a little help from Basie

    Posted on January 24th, 2016 in Review

    It was billed as a “Battle Royale,” but the matchup between the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Count Basie Orchestra on Saturday night turned out to be more love fest than cutting contest.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Announces 2016 Blue Engine International Tour

    Posted on January 18th, 2016 in Concerts

    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, “the greatest large jazz ensemble working today” (Chicago Tribune), will perform a stylistic range of material with a host of guest artists throughout 15 international cities in 40 days. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis 2016 Blue Engine International Tour, named for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new platform, Blue Engine Records, begins on February 4 in Paris, France and will conclude on March 12 in Wellington, New Zealand.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ favorite New York jazz clubs

    Posted on January 9th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis was born in the Big Easy, but the Big Apple’s been his home since he was a Juilliard student. His Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will give the music of Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and more the [email protected] treatment with their “Jazz in the Key of Life” concerts Friday and Jan. 16 at the Rose Theater; tickets at jazz.org. Here, the globe-trotting 54-year-old father of four tells BARBARA HOFFMAN how he spends a rare weekend at home.   Keep reading »