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  • David Robertson brings his tenure as SLSO music director to a high-energy finish with W. Marsalis

    Posted on May 9th, 2018 in Review

    In her program notes for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra concerts this past weekend (May 4 - 6, 2018), René Spencer Saller quotes composer and jazz trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis as describing the final, quiet moments of his “Swing Symphony” this way: “It’s a wistful feeling; it’s not sad, and it’s not happy. It’s a feeling of contentment, a quiet celebration. It’s like the last breath you take: ‘We did this. We had a good time.’”   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony in Perth

    Posted on March 7th, 2016 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis’ tribute to the history and players of this great music tradition is evident in his playing, choice of work, and his humble sharing of the stage. He is an internationally respected teacher and spokesperson for music education and was appointed Messenger of Peace by Kofi Annan in 2001.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis brings golden jazz to town

    Posted on March 4th, 2016 in Review

    The last time I heard a sound this golden was when the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was in town. On Thursday night there was the same rarefied atmosphere as the sound of the iconic Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra blazed through the Perth Concert Hall.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz master stays back of the pack

    Posted on March 3rd, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Nine-time Grammy Award winning jazz legend Wynton Marsalis is happy sitting three rows back as the fourth trumpeter while young Perth conductor Christopher Dragon puts the ensemble through its paces.   Keep reading »

  • Review: Swing Symphony (Sydney Symphony Orchestra)

    Posted on February 29th, 2016 in Review

    Engaging head and heart is a laudable goal, frequently aimed for, less than frequently achieved, and to that end programming is something of a dark art. That old black magic, however, was definitely in the air at the Sydney Opera House as Chief Conductor David Robertson started his 2016 season with a heady brew concocted out of two perfectly complementary composers: Leonard Bernstein and Wynton Marsalis.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis raises the temperature with jazz on a hot summer’s night

    Posted on February 27th, 2016 in Review

    The howling horns and visceral rhythms of Harlem’s Cotton Club got the audience’s blood pumping when one of the greatest figures in contemporary jazz, Wynton Marsalis, led his Lincoln Center band in series of concerts for Sydney Symphony Orchestra this week. On Wednesday, as a special one off, the 15-man band played two sets — one of Duke Ellington and the other music by George Gershwin.   Keep reading »

  • Swing Symphony review: The strings swing in Wynton Marsalis’ jazz history

    Posted on February 26th, 2016 in Review

    Jazz, like all improvisational idioms, is a dialogue, and it is this element that Wynton Marsalis especially emphasises in his Swing Symphony – that and the rhythm implicit in the title. Marsalis’​ third symphony is a seven-movement work for unamplified jazz band and orchestra, and the dialogue begins by having the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra embedded in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the former’s horns a nugget of gold amid the strings.   Keep reading »

  • Master of jazz cool

    Posted on February 23rd, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Way back in 1999 Wynton Marsalis pulled in the biggest crowd for a jazz evening at the Perth Concert Hall. The choir stalls were filled to bursting, there was not a seat to be had even in the upper galleries and chairs were put on the stage next to the musicians, with audience members literally in their faces.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Announces 2016 Blue Engine International Tour

    Posted on January 18th, 2016 in Concerts

    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, “the greatest large jazz ensemble working today” (Chicago Tribune), will perform a stylistic range of material with a host of guest artists throughout 15 international cities in 40 days. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis 2016 Blue Engine International Tour, named for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new platform, Blue Engine Records, begins on February 4 in Paris, France and will conclude on March 12 in Wellington, New Zealand.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra pack the house, and the ears

    Posted on August 30th, 2015 in Review

    The second of two area concerts by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis was a hybrid affair, with a rather brief intermission separating a tribute to Duke Ellington by JLCO’s 16 players and a performance by the combined forces of the JLCO and the Cleveland Orchestra, led by William Eddins, of Marsalis’ “Swing Symphony.”  The result was certainly a feast of music, even if there was more of it than an audience could digest at a single setting.   Keep reading »