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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 »

  • Pulitzer centennial celebration brings past winners to Cambridge

    Posted on September 6th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    For many journalists, novelists, playwrights, poets, and composers over the past century, winning the Pulitzer Prize has been a career-capping honor. For many more who have been nominated but have not won, the Pulitzer has floated just beyond reach, an elusive dream that has given rise to that most nagging of all questions: “What if?’’   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis gives spirited take on jazz with ‘Abyssinian Mass’

    Posted on October 24th, 2013 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis is onto something big. Again. The composer, trumpeter, bandleader, and all-around high priest among contemporary jazz advocates is accustomed to working on a large scale — in terms of compositional scope as well as ensemble size.   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 »

  • 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 »

  • Kurt Masur talks about Wynton and “All Rise”

    Posted on November 30th, 2003 in Profiles & Interviews

    “Here is Kurt Masur,” the eminent German conductor said when he telephoned to talk about Wynton Marsalis’s oratorio “All Rise.” This greeting prompted thoughts about how often Masur has been there to make sure that interesting things would happen. Commissioning a major work from Marsalis for the New York Philharmonic and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra—two of the major constituents of New York’s Lincoln Center—was Masur’s idea in the first place. And the groundwork for the idea was laid long before Masur had ever heard of Marsalis; indeed before Marsalis was born. More than a half-century ago, as a young musician studying in Leipzig, then sealed off in East Germany, Masur was fascinated by jazz.   Keep reading »