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  • Juilliard Jazz Announces 2016-17 Season

    Posted on August 2nd, 2016 in Concerts

    NEW YORK –– Juilliard Jazz, under the leadership of Juilliard alums Wynton Marsalis, director,  and Aaron Flagg, chair and associate director, announces its 2016-17 season featuring the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra in five concerts, Juilliard Jazz Ensembles in nine concerts, and the Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble, comprised of Juilliard Jazz’s most advanced musicians, in two concerts. Guest conductors and coaches this season include Bill Charlap, alumnus Etienne Charles, Dave Douglas, Jon Faddis, Vince Giordano, Sherman Irby, Eric Reed, Frank Vignola, Dr. Michael White, Juilliard Jazz Director and alumnus Wynton Marsalis, and Juilliard Jazz faculty members James Burton III, Andy Farber, Carlos Henriquez, and Dan Nimmer.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center and Rockefeller Foundation Pair Up for School Tour

    Posted on July 31st, 2016 in Education

    Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Rockefeller Foundation have announced a new education outreach program for students in disadvantaged schools. The program, “Jazz for Young People: The Resilient Cities Tour,” will connect live jazz performances to an American history curriculum, reaching 60 schools in five cities: Chicago; New Orleans; St. Louis; San Juan, P.R.; and Sydney, Australia.   Keep reading »

  • Nicola Benedetti Performs Wynton Marsalis’s Violin Concerto in LA Phil Premiere

    Posted on July 29th, 2016 in Review

    Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’s new “Concerto in D” for violin is a brainstorm from a genius brain, but it’s a storm that may yet need more taming. The piece was written for Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti, who performed it with enthusiasm and stunning technique at her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut Thursday night at the Hollywood Bowl, with Cristian Macelaru conducting.   Keep reading »

  • The short and the long of the American conversation in Wynton Marsalis’ Concerto in D at the Bowl

    Posted on July 29th, 2016 in Review

    Every election year is about competing visions of America and what it means to be an American. Political parties this summer are particularly divided between and among themselves. The Hollywood Bowl, however, has offered to help with the vision thing.   Keep reading »

  • The challenge Nicola Benedetti threw down to get Wynton Marsalis to write a ‘wild’ violin concerto

    Posted on July 27th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti was 17 when she met American jazz legend Wynton Marsalis. A rising classical star, she was on her own in New York for the first time for a performance at Lincoln Center.   Keep reading »

  • Benedetti, CSO give Marsalis premiere impassioned advocacy at Ravinia

    Posted on July 14th, 2016 in Review | 1

    It’s a sign of the times that even at a summer escape destination like the Ravinia Festival audience members now get wanded by security as they enter the park.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ Concerto in D revels in Americana

    Posted on July 13th, 2016 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis long ago established his fluency in multiple musical languages, jazz and classical chief among them. But blues, gospel, spirituals, tango, African chant and other idioms also course through Marsalis’ large works, such as the symphonic-choral “All Rise,” the sanctified “In This House, On This Morning” and the vocal-orchestral epic “Blood on the Fields” (the first jazz composition to win a Pulitzer Prize, in 1997).   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis Muses On His First Concerto (For, Yes, Violin)

    Posted on July 11th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — When jazz musicians venture into the world of classical music, such undertakings often get tagged — sometimes pejoratively — as “crossover” projects. But for renowned trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis, the managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, working in the classical realm does not mean crossing over to some foreign stylistic territory but rather returning to familiar musical ground, as should be evident when his Concerto in D (for Violin and Orchestra) receives its American premiere July 12 at the Ravinia Festival by violinist Nicola Benedetti, guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.   Keep reading »

  • Q&A Live on Facebook with Wynton Marsalis, Nicola Benedetti and Cristian Macelaru

    Posted on July 10th, 2016 in News | 1

    Wynton Marsalis, Nicola Benedetti and Cristian Macelaru host a Facebook Live session from backstage at the Ravinia Festival on July 11th. Catch them while they prepare for the U.S. premiere of the Marsalis Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.   Keep reading »

  • American premiere of the first violin concerto by Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on July 7th, 2016 in News

    The 2016 CSO residency opens with the American premiere of the first violin concerto by jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, co-commissioned by Ravinia Festival for violinist Nicola Benedetti, who will mark her third Ravinia appearance.   Keep reading »