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  • Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis says rap and hip-hop are ‘more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee

    Posted on May 22nd, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    “My words are not that powerful. I started saying in 1985 I don’t think we should have a music talking about niggers and bitches and hoes. It had no impact. I’ve said it. I’ve repeated it. I still repeat it. To me that’s more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee.”   Keep reading »

  • NSO offers exuberant Marsalis concerto

    Posted on October 27th, 2016 in Review | 1

    Wynton Marsalis, the jazz artist, has made repeated forays into art-music composition — writing, that is, notated music for large ensembles, like “Blood on the Fields,” a jazz oratorio that won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize. In the last year he’s had a couple of significant orchestral performances in the Washington area: Washington Performing Arts presented a revision of his Blues Symphony at the Kennedy Center, in 2015, and the National Symphony Orchestra offered its first performance of his new violin concerto, which the orchestra co-commissioned, on Thursday night.   Keep reading »

  • Jazzed up about music education, Marsalis comes to Castleton

    Posted on July 24th, 2015 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis is a superstar in the jazz world: He has won nine Grammys, was the first jazz composer to win a Pulitzer Prize and has even graced the cover of Time magazine.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis debuts a stirring ‘Blues Symphony’

    Posted on February 5th, 2015 in Review

    You can’t accuse Wynton Marsalis of lacking ambition. It’s right there in the title of his “Blues Symphony,” which the composer debuted in its entirety Wednesday night at Strathmore. And that says nothing of its scale. The piece is for 100 musicians (here, the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra), in six discrete movements charting the evolution of the blues throughout the Americas.   Keep reading »

  • When Marsalis and his orchestra go to Washington, big-band returns with a bang

    Posted on February 1st, 2011 in Review

    Who says jazz can’t draw an audience? On Sunday, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra presented a performance of uncompromising big-band jazz to a wildly appreciative audience at the sold-out Kennedy Center Concert Hall.   Keep reading »

  • Five City “LOUIS” Tour Reviewed

    Posted on September 5th, 2010 in Review | 1

    From August 25th through August 31st Wynton, Cecile Licad and a 10-piece jazz ensemble premiered Louis, a silent film directed by Dan Pritzker. The sold out tour reached five cities and was reviewed by press from around the world.   Keep reading »

  • Ellis Marsalis and Sons Plan Rare Family Performance at Jazz Festival

    Posted on June 12th, 2009 in Profiles & Interviews

    Except in their living room back home in New Orleans, there have been only a few times when the entire Marsalis family has gathered in one spot to make music together. On Monday, Ellis Marsalis—the father and guiding spirit of America’s first family of jazz—and his four music-playing sons will appear at the Kennedy Center for their first joint appearance in Washington.   Keep reading »

  • ‘Congo Square’ a Jazz Suite of Epic Proportions

    Posted on May 4th, 2006 in Review

    Jubilant, swinging, earthy, romantic, dissonant—“Congo Square,” the new jazz suite composed by Wynton Marsalis and 75-year-old Ghanaian percussionist Yacub Addy, is many things. Tidy, however, isn’t one of them.   Keep reading »

  • Higher Ground CD reviewed by Washington Post

    Posted on December 7th, 2005 in Review | 2

    Hitting Katrina From Two Directions There are nearly 10 benefit albums with Hurricane Katrina on their minds, and doubtless more are coming. Bring ‘em on. In theory, at least, when it comes to raising relief funds through music, everyone wins.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis’s ‘Human Nature’: Engaging Fairy Tale

    Posted on December 13th, 2004 in Review

    “Suite for Human Nature” seems a terribly dull title for a jazz fable, especially one as whimsical and charming as Wynton Marsalis’s latest extended work, which had its world premiere at the Lincoln Theater on Friday night. The renowned trumpeter and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer has written more ambitious and complex orchestral pieces, but none more playfully engaging and family-friendly.   Keep reading »