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  • Wynton Marsalis and Geoffrey Ward to Conclude Season’s Morning Lecture Series

    Posted on August 25th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Each Sunday, Wynton Marsalis and Geoffrey and Diane Raines Ward meet for breakfast at the Wards’ home. Over coffee and homemade biscuits, they talk about everything from politics to the weather, but the most important topic is jazz.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Gave an American Music History Lesson, Complete with Song

    Posted on August 22nd, 2016 in Review

    Since America’s founding in 1776, the arts have been representative of American culture. The tempo of music runs through the United States, connecting it in a way nothing else can, Wynton Marsalis said. A nation torn apart by politics and race and identity can be restored through the freedom the arts bring — a freedom that teaches the American people who they are.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis at Jazz in Marciac 2016

    Posted on August 4th, 2016 in Concerts

    Wynton Marsalis returns to France, bringing a “who’s who” of the emerging jazz scene in New York City to Marciac. Wynton has dedicated over thirty years to educating and mentoring young musicians and this exciting lineup represents some of the finest he has ever encountered.  Youthful energy combined with the magic of Duke Ellington’s classic repertoire heralds a bright future for the music.   Keep reading »

  • Juilliard Jazz Announces 2016-17 Season

    Posted on August 2nd, 2016 in Concerts

    NEW YORK –– Juilliard Jazz, under the leadership of Juilliard alums Wynton Marsalis, director,  and Aaron Flagg, chair and associate director, announces its 2016-17 season featuring the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra in five concerts, Juilliard Jazz Ensembles in nine concerts, and the Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble, comprised of Juilliard Jazz’s most advanced musicians, in two concerts. Guest conductors and coaches this season include Bill Charlap, alumnus Etienne Charles, Dave Douglas, Jon Faddis, Vince Giordano, Sherman Irby, Eric Reed, Frank Vignola, Dr. Michael White, Juilliard Jazz Director and alumnus Wynton Marsalis, and Juilliard Jazz faculty members James Burton III, Andy Farber, Carlos Henriquez, and Dan Nimmer.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center and Rockefeller Foundation Pair Up for School Tour

    Posted on July 31st, 2016 in Education

    Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Rockefeller Foundation have announced a new education outreach program for students in disadvantaged schools. The program, “Jazz for Young People: The Resilient Cities Tour,” will connect live jazz performances to an American history curriculum, reaching 60 schools in five cities: Chicago; New Orleans; St. Louis; San Juan, P.R.; and Sydney, Australia.   Keep reading »

  • Nicola Benedetti Performs Wynton Marsalis’s Violin Concerto in LA Phil Premiere

    Posted on July 29th, 2016 in Review

    Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’s new “Concerto in D” for violin is a brainstorm from a genius brain, but it’s a storm that may yet need more taming. The piece was written for Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti, who performed it with enthusiasm and stunning technique at her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut Thursday night at the Hollywood Bowl, with Cristian Macelaru conducting.   Keep reading »

  • The short and the long of the American conversation in Wynton Marsalis’ Concerto in D at the Bowl

    Posted on July 29th, 2016 in Review

    Every election year is about competing visions of America and what it means to be an American. Political parties this summer are particularly divided between and among themselves. The Hollywood Bowl, however, has offered to help with the vision thing.   Keep reading »

  • The challenge Nicola Benedetti threw down to get Wynton Marsalis to write a ‘wild’ violin concerto

    Posted on July 27th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti was 17 when she met American jazz legend Wynton Marsalis. A rising classical star, she was on her own in New York for the first time for a performance at Lincoln Center.   Keep reading »

  • Benedetti, CSO give Marsalis premiere impassioned advocacy at Ravinia

    Posted on July 14th, 2016 in Review | 1

    It’s a sign of the times that even at a summer escape destination like the Ravinia Festival audience members now get wanded by security as they enter the park.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ Concerto in D revels in Americana

    Posted on July 13th, 2016 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis long ago established his fluency in multiple musical languages, jazz and classical chief among them. But blues, gospel, spirituals, tango, African chant and other idioms also course through Marsalis’ large works, such as the symphonic-choral “All Rise,” the sanctified “In This House, On This Morning” and the vocal-orchestral epic “Blood on the Fields” (the first jazz composition to win a Pulitzer Prize, in 1997).   Keep reading »