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  • Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis says rap and hip-hop are ‘more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee

    Posted on May 22nd, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    “My words are not that powerful. I started saying in 1985 I don’t think we should have a music talking about niggers and bitches and hoes. It had no impact. I’ve said it. I’ve repeated it. I still repeat it. To me that’s more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee.”   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis & Ethan Iverson: A Conversation on Jazz & Race

    Posted on May 14th, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    At the inaugural Jazz Congress, co-produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes in New York City on Jan. 11-12, among the most anticipated events was a conversation on jazz and race featuring JALC managing and artistic director Wynton Marsalis and Ethan Iverson, a founding member of the Bad Plus, an important jazz blogger and a pianist with a deep reverence for jazz history. Moderated by artist manager/consultant Andre Guess, the hour-long conversation in JALC’s the Appel Room moved swiftly through ideas and anecdotes while never losing its feeling of diplomacy and mutual respect. Here are some highlights.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Reflects on 30 Years of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

    Posted on March 29th, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra operating under the leadership of New Orleans trumpet great Wynton Marsalis, who co-founded the program in 1987 (the Orchestra was started the following year) and serves as both its managing and artistic director. And during that time, the JLCO has established a body of work that’s explored some of the deepest aspects of American history, from the country’s oldest Baptist church to New Orleans’ Congo Square to the roots of the nation’s most beloved children’s songs.   Keep reading »

  • Juilliard: An Interview With Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on March 20th, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    Founded in 1939, it’s hard to believe that Blue Note Records has been around for nearly 80 years. Synonymous with extraordinary jazz since its inception, the label has produced and/or commissioned albums from an almost endless list of genre titans, including Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Jackie McLean, Woody Shaw, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, and McCoy Tyner—all of whom have works that the Jazz Orchestra is scheduled to perform on April 3.   Keep reading »

  • In search of genius: CBS Sunday Morning

    Posted on March 18th, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    How to account for a “stroke of genius”? How is it that lightbulb-like flashes of inspiration seem to have touched only a handful of people down through the centuries? That’s the question Mo Rocca explores in our Cover Story:   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis to mentor, perform during Cornell visit March 22-28

    Posted on March 15th, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    Famed musician Wynton Marsalis comes to Cornell next week for his first visit as an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large, to mentor and perform with student musicians, participate in classes and engage with the campus and Ithaca communities.   Keep reading »

  • Behind the decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee

    Posted on March 11th, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    Last May, a crane removed a 16½ foot-tall bronze statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from its perch 60 feet above New Orleans. The statue was one of four Confederate monuments the city’s mayor, Mitch Landrieu, had removed last year. “In a city that I represent that’s 67 percent African American, to have a young African-American girl pass by that statue and look at it every day, I ask myself, ‘Am I really preparing her for a really good future? Is she feeling like she’s getting lifted up by the government, or is she being put down?’” Landrieu tells Anderson Cooper this week on 60 Minutes. “I mean, I think the answer’s pretty clear.”   Keep reading »

  • For Wynton Marsalis, forgetting the roots of jazz is forgetting the history of race in America

    Posted on January 12th, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    JALC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and Marsalis is showing no signs of slowing down. He has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind on the record as well as on issues of race. He won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for his jazz oratorio Blood on the Fields, which deals with slavery, and the content from his 2007 album From the Plantation to the Penitentiary is self-explanatory.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’s Violin Concerto Really Sounds Like America

    Posted on December 11th, 2017 in Profiles & Interviews

    Born in 1961 in New Orleans, jazz and classical trumpet player, and composer, Wynton Marsalis grew up playing in churches, jazz bands, and orchestras. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, his 2015 violin concerto reflects the varied musical landscape of America.   Keep reading »

  • Building the cathedral

    Posted on November 30th, 2017 in Profiles & Interviews

    In the fall of 2016, Wynton Marsalis spoke at an event in Manhattan commemorating the centennial of Albert Murray, the jazz historian, cultural critic and novelist who died in 2013 at age 97. Murray had been a longtime mentor to the trumpeter and composer, ever since he was an 18-year-old Juilliard student.   Keep reading »