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  • Wynton celebrates Count Basie’s’ 100th birthday

    Posted on January 24th, 2004 in Concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Tribute | 0

    Count Basie had a truly original approach both as a pianist and bandleader. A musical minimalist, he could say more by playing less. In memory of his 100th birthday, Wynton Marsalis introduces a discussion about Basie’s influence on American swing, featuring former Basie bandmate Frank Foster. Tuesday, January 27, 2004, 7pm at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse More, for two exciting nights, Wynton and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra honors both the beat and legacy of Count Basie for his 100th birthday celebration. Guests include veteran Count Basie Orchestra members vocalist Carmen Bradford and saxophonist Frank Wess, and others. Thursday and Saturday,…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton plays for a tribute to Katherine Dunham

    Posted on September 16th, 2003 in Concerts, Tribute | 0

    At Peter Norton Symphony Space, in a Friday, 12 night program that began a three-day series devoted to Ms. Dunham and Haitian culture, the Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat and two former Dunham dancers, Glory Van Scott and Julie Robinson Belafonte, spoke of Ms. Dunham’s humanitarianism and social activism. Carmen de Lavallade, collaborating with Wynton Marsalis, danced a stunning solo, stopping the show. So did the veteran Haitian dancer Jean-Léon Destiné. The actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee were the hosts. Wynton played with the members of his new quartet (Eric Lewis, piano; Ali Jackson, drums; Carlos Henriquez, bass).   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis on Benny Carter

    Posted on January 16th, 2003 in Tribute | 0

    People often speak of whether an artist can live up to the art form,” Wynton said when Benny Carter received a Kennedy Center honor in 1996. “But Benny Carter is one of the rare instances where we wonder if the great art created can live up to him. This is our personal hommage to saxophonist Benny Carter, died in Los Angeles on July 12. Check the photos of Benny with Wynton on Benny Carter official web site.   Keep reading »