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  • From one drummer to another, a celebration of Buddy Rich

    Posted on April 7th, 2017 in Profiles & Interviews

    Drummer Buddy Rich was one of the great virtuosos in jazz, on any instrument. But ask drummer Ali Jackson about Rich and it’s not the late musician’s blazing technique he focuses on. Rather, it’s Rich’s extraordinary range, as musician and showman. “He played in so many contexts, from vaudeville [as a child star with his family] to swing and the big band era, to bebop and everything else.”   Keep reading »

  • A Love Supreme: JLCO plays Coltrane at Boston Symphony Hall

    Posted on November 24th, 2015 in Review | 1

    The power, variety and virtuosity of big-band jazz were on show Sunday evening at Symphony Hall. In a presentation of the Celebrity Series of Boston, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performed a two-hour concert of music composed or reinvented by saxophonist John Coltrane.   Keep reading »

  • Orchestra Pays Tribute to John Coltrane at Symphony Hall

    Posted on November 23rd, 2015 in

    John Coltrane’s seminal album-long suite A Love Supreme is one of the saxophone virtuoso’s most fitting work for tribute, but also perhaps his most difficult to interpret. The jazz classic, which celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year, is defined by its intense, passionate and, at times, chaotic improvisation.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis, quintet shine

    Posted on November 2nd, 2005 in Review | 1

    Wynton Marsalis skipped back to his 2004 CD, ‘‘The Magic Hour,” for most of the material his quintet played at Sanders Theatre on Sunday, passing over the covers that fuel the more recent ‘‘Live at the House of Tribes” in favor of the trumpeter’s whimsical originals.   Keep reading »

  • All Rise opens Boston Symphony’s 2004 season at Tanglewood

    Posted on August 8th, 2004 in Concerts

    Kurt Masur opens Boston Symphony’s 2004 season at Tanglewood on July 9 with the Tanglewood premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ All Rise! This program - an encore of the work’s acclaimed Boston premiere at Symphony Hall last December - features the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Wynton on trumpet, soprano Laquita Mitchell, mezzo-soprano Cynthia Renée Hardy, tenor Brian Robinson, and bass Robert Honeysucker.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis teaches the meaning behind the music

    Posted on December 12th, 2003 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis is at his best playing the trumpet, but he’s hardly at his second best when he is talking to young people. Relaxed as he ambles around the stage, he addresses them without notes, using meaningful language, speaking without condescension, and rising to genuine inspiration.   Keep reading »