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  • Jazz master stays back of the pack

    Posted on March 3rd, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Nine-time Grammy Award winning jazz legend Wynton Marsalis is happy sitting three rows back as the fourth trumpeter while young Perth conductor Christopher Dragon puts the ensemble through its paces.   Keep reading »

  • Review:: Swing Symphony (Sydney Symphony Orchestra)

    Posted on February 29th, 2016 in Review

    Engaging head and heart is a laudable goal, frequently aimed for, less than frequently achieved, and to that end programming is something of a dark art. That old black magic, however, was definitely in the air at the Sydney Opera House as Chief Conductor David Robertson started his 2016 season with a heady brew concocted out of two perfectly complementary composers: Leonard Bernstein and Wynton Marsalis.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis raises the temperature with jazz on a hot summer’s night

    Posted on February 27th, 2016 in Review

    THE howling horns and visceral rhythms of Harlem’s Cotton Club got the audience’s blood pumping when one of the greatest figures in contemporary jazz, Wynton Marsalis, led his Lincoln Center band in series of concerts for Sydney Symphony Orchestra this week. On Wednesday, as a special one off, the 15-man band played two sets — one of Duke Ellington and the other music by George Gershwin.   Keep reading »

  • Swing Symphony review: The strings swing in Wynton Marsalis’ jazz history

    Posted on February 26th, 2016 in Review

    Jazz, like all improvisational idioms, is a dialogue, and it is this element that Wynton Marsalis especially emphasises in his Swing Symphony – that and the rhythm implicit in the title. Marsalis’​ third symphony is a seven-movement work for unamplified jazz band and orchestra, and the dialogue begins by having the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra embedded in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the former’s horns a nugget of gold amid the strings.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis: A rhapsody of respect for greats of classical jazz

    Posted on February 26th, 2016 in Review

    It has been about 30 years since precocious American trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, having won Grammys in jazz and classical music, divided the jazz world with his controversial opinions. He dismissed many of the innovative or experimental styles that had come into jazz in the 1970s and 80s, and emphasised what he saw as its essential elements: coherent improvisation, swing feel and the blues.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis coming in November for Pittsburgh Promise gala

    Posted on February 25th, 2016 in Concerts

    Grammy-winning jazz legend Wynton Marsalis will visit Pittsburgh on Nov. 10 for a special performance at the Wyndham Grand Hotel as part of the gala event “A Night of a Million Possibilities.” Presented by advocacy group Keepers of the Promise, the concert will celebrate the success of The Pittsburgh Promise and is expected to raise $1 million for The Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship Fund, which is working to raise $68 million to sustain scholarships at least through the class of 2028.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz At Lincoln Center Announces 2016-17 Concert & Education Season

    Posted on February 23rd, 2016 in Concerts

    Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis anchors 29th Season celebrating the centennials of the first known jazz recording, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk, and Buddy Rich. Renowned artists headline in Rose Theater with appearances by Kurt Elling, Wycliffe Gordon, Branford Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, Steve Miller, Eddie Palmieri, Danilo Perez, Dianne Reeves, Catherine Russell, and more   Keep reading »

  • Master of jazz cool

    Posted on February 23rd, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Way back in 1999 Wynton Marsalis pulled in the biggest crowd for a jazz evening at the Perth Concert Hall. The choir stalls were filled to bursting, there was not a seat to be had even in the upper galleries and chairs were put on the stage next to the musicians, with audience members literally in their faces.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Barbican, London — ‘Flamboyant’

    Posted on February 22nd, 2016 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis promised that the final evening of JLCO’s three-night Barbican residency would “capture the impact of George Gershwin’s music on the jazz tradition”. This was accomplished in flamboyant style. The trumpeter’s introductions were as concisely eloquent as his few short solos, while JLCO’s ability to conjure earlier jazz styles remains unrivalled. Over the evening they referenced late ragtime, cool-school modernism and most points in between.   Keep reading »

  • Wayne Shorter/JLCO review – bravura and cool as jazz giant comes to town

    Posted on February 19th, 2016 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis’s spirited and long-running Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra often devote their shows to the legacies of pioneers, late or living – but they could hardly have picked a more charismatic guest for the opening night of their current Barbican residency. The work of Wayne Shorter, the 82 year-old saxophonist with a sound as unique as a thumbprint and one of jazz’s greatest small-band composers, was hailed on Thursday in a series of offbeat mini-concertos in which he was principal improvising soloist.   Keep reading »