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  • Wynton Marsalis makes a return engagement

    Posted on October 16th, 2017 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis returns to campus Oct. 30 for an evening celebrating the video release of “Music as Metaphor,” the lecture and performance that launched his Harvard lecture series in 2011. The event, “A Conversation with Wynton Marsalis and Drew Faust,” will explore the importance of the arts and cultural literacy in education, jazz, and society.   Keep reading »

  • Can Wynton Marsalis and Lincoln Center Save Jazz Music?

    Posted on January 19th, 2017 in Profiles & Interviews

    Research says that people imprint on music in their dating years, and carry those tastes with them through the rest of their lives. Lately, this has spelled trouble for jazz music, which is failing to attract new and younger fans in a competitive musical landscape. With its listenership in steep decline, jazz legend Wynton Marsalis is looking to rebrand the genre and engineer its comeback, with the help of Professor Rohit Deshpande.   Keep reading »

  • Star Studded Cast of Journalists, Artists, Celebrate Pulitzer Centennial

    Posted on September 12th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Some of journalism’s biggest names commanding the nation’s most pressing news stories, along with dozens of renowned writers and artists, flocked Sanders Theatre this weekend for a star studded celebration of the Pulitzer Prize’s 100-year anniversary.   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 performing at The Pulitzer Centennial

    Posted on August 30th, 2016 in Concerts

    Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust will open the weekend with an introduction of Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis. Marsalis will reflect on the themes raised by “Blood on the Fields,” his epic oratorio of one couple’s journey from slavery to freedom-the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer.   Keep reading »

  • Trumpet and coffee in hand: Marsalis visiting Phillips Brooks House

    Posted on February 4th, 2014 in Profiles & Interviews

    Marsalis, others sketch New Orleans during morning at Phillips Brooks House   Keep reading »

  • The music that didn’t stop: Harvard Lecture #6

    Posted on January 31st, 2014 in Review

    In final lecture of his series, Marsalis outlines the rise of jazz against backdrop of repression   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis on the Soul of Jazz

    Posted on January 31st, 2014 in Review

    In the city of New Orleans, after the Civil War and into the first decade of the twentieth century, brass bands could be heard playing at baseball games, churches, political rallies—and even in homes, to call children to dinner.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis to conclude lecture-performance series at Harvard University

    Posted on January 28th, 2014 in News | 7

    Wynton Marsalis will conclude his six-lecture series at Sanders Theater on January 30 with a lecture performance focusing on New Orleans and the birth of Jazz. Currently the Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis is an acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator, and advocate for the arts. Marsalis’ lecture, “New Orleans: The Birth of Jazz” will cover a significant portion of the wide cross-section of musical styles that constitute the roots of Jazz. Marsalis will illuminate the music’s identity by examining its repertoire, functions, venues and most significant musical figures, chief amongst them, Buddy Bolden, the legendary “First Man of Jazz.” Joining Marsalis are: Lucien Barbarin (trombone), Jonathan Batiste (piano), Troy Davis (drums), Vince Giordano (tuba/bass), Victor Goines (reeds), Ricky Gordon (percussion), Marcus Printup (cornet), Don Vappie (banjo/guitar), and Dr. Michael White (clarinet)   Keep reading »

  • Faust/Marsalis: The art of learning

    Posted on December 31st, 2013 in Profiles & Interviews

    Anxiety abounds concerning the demands of our rapidly changing and ever more complicated world and about the ability of our educational system to respond. Yet the education we are fashioning for our children and their children seems ill-suited for the lives they will lead. We hear widespread calls for “outcomes” we can measure and for education geared to specific employment needs, but many of today’s students will hold jobs that have not yet been invented, deploying skills not yet defined. We not only need to equip them with the ability to answer the questions relevant to the world we now inhabit; we must also enable them to ask the right questions to shape the world to come.   Keep reading »