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  • An Oratorio of History With History of Its Own

    Posted on February 25th, 2013 in Review | 0

    By the time of Wynton Marsalis’s 1994 oratorio, “Blood on the Fields,” written for three singers and a 15-piece band, his scale for musical structure and organizational planning was big and getting bigger. He was 32 then. Jazz at Lincoln Center hadn’t yet become a constituent part of the larger Lincoln Center organization, and the idea of a dedicated theater for jazz hadn’t even been proposed. But he had already written extended works and had developed a framework for identifying and explaining jazz’s standards of excellence, and for linking the music to the history of black Americans and the notion of cultural survival. Never before had such power resided within one jazz musician, and those who doubted him wanted to be impressed on every possible level — especially after “Blood” won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for music.   Keep reading »

  • JLCO with Wynton Marsalis and guest artists reprise “Blood on the Fields”

    Posted on February 19th, 2013 in Concerts, Streaming | 9

    Jazz at Lincoln Center continues its 25th anniversary celebration with a special performance of Blood On The Fields, Wynton Marsalis’ Pulitzer prize-winning jazz oratorio.  Eighteen years after its premiere at Alice Tully Hall, the jazz oratorio on slavery and freedom will be performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.  Eric Reed, featured pianist on the premiere and original Blood On The Fields recording, joins the JLCO for this special concert event.  Blood on the Fields remains one of Marsalis’ greatest works and reinforces his dictum that “all jazz is modern.”  Rising star baritone Gregory Porter, scat-master Kenny Washington, and the great contralto Paula West reprise the vocal roles.    Keep reading »

  • Jazz At Lincoln Center Announces 2012-13 Season

    Posted on March 6th, 2012 in Concerts | 1

    New York, NY (March 6, 2012) Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates its 25th anniversary with a new season offering festivals, concerts, education events, *Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra* touring, and a diverse line-up of guest artists (“Click here for complete JALC 2012-13 Concert Season   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s music scores for big band available for rental

    Posted on July 30th, 2008 in Sheet Music | 4

    Some of Wynton’s most important jazz and classical compositions for big band are now available for rental from Boosey & Hawkes. New music scores available include:   Keep reading »