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  • Review: Wynton Marsalis’s Urban Symphony for the Philharmonic

    Posted on December 30th, 2016 in Review

    The next time Wynton Marsalis writes a symphony for the New York Philharmonic, he might want to plan from the start to keep it well under an hour. At least if he wants to assure that the Philharmonic will be able to perform it complete. Timing was a factor in 2010, when Alan Gilbert led the American premiere of Mr. Marsalis’s Symphony No. 3, “Swing Symphony,” on a season-opening gala program. Because it was being televised on “Live From Lincoln Center,” the concert had to come in under two hours. So Mr. Gilbert dropped the first of Mr. Marsalis’s six movements, which still left some 45 minutes of music. (The symphony was performed in full the following season, and then again, with yet another movement added, in 2013.)   Keep reading »

  • Alan Gilbert and New York Philharmonic Present World Premiere of THE JUNGLE By Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on November 18th, 2016 in Concerts

    Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic in the World Premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis’s The Jungle (Symphony No. 4), commissioned by the Philharmonic as the first of The New York Commissions, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis; William Bolcom’s Trombone Concerto with Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi as soloist; and Copland’s Quiet City, featuring Principal Trumpet Christopher Martin and English horn player Grace Shryock in her Philharmonic solo debut. The performances take place Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, December 29 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, December 30 at 8:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, January 3 at 7:30 p.m.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz At Lincoln Center announces 2016 Big Band Holidays Tour

    Posted on November 15th, 2016 in Concerts

    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Catherine Russell will ring in the holiday season in 10 U.S. cities on the 2016 Big Band Holidays Tour.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Launches Relaxed Performance of Big Band Holidays

    Posted on November 11th, 2016 in Concerts

    On December 18, 2016 at 2pm, Jazz at Lincoln Center will proudly offer the organization’s first Relaxed Performance of its one-of-a-kind holiday concert, Big Band Holidays featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, music director and saxophonist Sherman Irby and guest vocalist Catherine Russell.   Keep reading »

  • For Wynton Marsalis, jazz is substance — and democracy

    Posted on October 13th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Pondering last weekend’s U.S. presidential debate, Wynton Marsalis expressed surprise that anyone would be startled by the low level of discourse on display. Sunday’s town hall-style debate was notable for its vulgarity, vitriol and overall lack of class (at one point Donald Trump referred to Hillary Clinton as “the devil”). In Marsalis’s view, this merely reflects a contemporary American culture gone downhill in recent years.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Celebrates the Big Band Sound with Concerts Throughout Frederick P. Rose Hall

    Posted on October 5th, 2016 in Concerts

    Throughout the Fall season, Jazz at Lincoln Center will celebrate the spirit of big band with five unique performances, including a Family Concert, featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis as well as young jazz stars on the rise. These special events will take place on every stage in the organization’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, and will highlight big band swing, high intensity battles, and the optimistic beat of the Swing Era that helped bring the country out of the Great Depression.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis talks music, sports and jazz as a religion

    Posted on October 1st, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    How busy is Wynton Marsalis? So busy that the Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz trumpeter, composer and band leader had to skip the Sept. 22 White House ceremony honoring him and this year’s other National Medal of Arts and Humanities recipients. Instead, he was preparing for that night’s 2016/2017 season-opening concert of Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he has served as artistic director since its inception in 1988 and has collaborated with countless jazz greats, as well as with Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson and Crosby, Stills & Nash.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis has graduated from young star to respected eminence

    Posted on September 28th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Back in the 1980s, when he was one of the most exciting faces of the new generation of post-bop jazz, Wynton Marsalis was anointed a “Young Lion.” Now, he’s an eminence.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to perform “Handful of Keys: A Century of Jazz Piano”

    Posted on September 16th, 2016 in Concerts

    Jazz at Lincoln Center’s season-opening concert features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and some of today’s top pianists, including our own *Dan Nimmer.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis: Bending to the Music

    Posted on September 16th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    “He’s a bad cat, man,” saxophonist Branford Marsalis once commented to me about his trumpet-playing younger brother, Wynton. The adjective was, of course, complimentary. “But I don’t want to be as disciplined as him,” the saxophonist sibling continued. “That just ain’t fun.”   Keep reading »