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  • Two Old Friends Prepare a Three-Part Premiere

    Posted on September 27th, 2012 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    ROCHESTER — Last week the jazz trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis walked into an office building here that once housed a Knights of Columbus chapter, rode an elevator to a high-ceilinged studio and discovered his septet, a 12-member modern dance company, a giant spatula and a 21-foot-tall woman. Mr. Marsalis had a cold, but he wasn’t hallucinating. The studio is the home of Garth Fagan Dance, and Mr. Marsalis was there to rehearse. “Lighthouse/Lightning Rod,” his first collaboration with Mr. Fagan since “Griot New York” in 1991, opens at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Thursday. The spatula was one of Martin Puryear’s set pieces for “Griot,” excerpts from which fill out the program in Brooklyn. The sculpture of the woman was a conception of a lighthouse by the artist Alison Saar.   Keep reading »

  • Jump (full score + parts) is now available

    Posted on April 27th, 2011 in Music | 0

    Based on the chords to Gershwin’s “Lady Be Good”, “Jump” is a riff based composition in the style of the Count Basie Big Band. Working with both Swing Era and Bebop Era language, this piece is a challenging, up tempo chart orchestrated for an 11 piece big band. This is the music exactly as it is recorded on the CD entitled “Jump Start and Jazz”.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will Collaborate with Alvin Ailey American Dance The

    Posted on November 21st, 2010 in Concerts | 0

    For one extraordinary week, December 16-19 the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will join the Ailey dancers for “Ailey/Jazz,” a joyous live music celebration of America’s two great art forms—modern dance and jazz music—and two great jazz artists: Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. For more information visit www.alvinailey.org Click here for a free download of Here…Now… a piece Wynton wrote for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2001.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton and JLCO to play with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    Posted on September 10th, 2008 in Concerts | 2

    For one extraordinary week only, December 17-21, 2008, Wynton and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) will join with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for a live music celebration of America’s two great art forms – modern dance and jazz music. Featuring two programs full of Duke Ellington’s most glorious orchestrations for dance, this special week is a highlight of Ailey’s 50th anniversary season at New York City Center, December 3 through January 4. Both programs will also feature live music for Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece Revelations, performed by the Riverside Church Inspirational Choir and conducted by Eric Reed. More…   Keep reading »

  • An Epic History of Black Experience, in Music and Movement

    Posted on November 11th, 2005 in Review | 0

    Garth Fagan and Wynton Marsalis have been friends for more than 20 years, and since 1991 have collaborated frequently. Wednesday night at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, to open a run through Sunday of Garth Fagan Dance, Mr. Marsalis and his septet played live for a lovely revival of their first collaboration, “Griot New York,” first seen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.   Keep reading »

  • Movement and Music, Both Jazz and Both Live

    Posted on November 5th, 2004 in Review | 0

    Just as jazz music comes in many sonic varieties, so jazz dancing can assume many shapes in space. That became clear on Wednesday night in “Jazz in Motion,” a Jazz at Lincoln Center presentation with works by four choreographers, three of them offering premieres.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz In Motion: World Premieres by Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on November 2nd, 2004 in Concerts | 1

    Guaranteed kinetic energy takes place on the stage of the Rose Theater on November 3, 4, 5 at 8pm with Jazz In Motion. Welcome, composed by Wynton Marsalis and choreographed by Peter Martins, is performed by Charles McPherson and a New York City Ballet dancer.   Keep reading »