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  • In ‘Bessie’ the Empress of the Blues Finds New Audience on HBO

    Posted on May 19th, 2015 in Profiles & Interviews | 5

    In the opening minutes of ‘Bessie,’ the HBO biopic about blues legend Bessie Smith premiering Saturday, May 16th, the titular character absorbs the warmth of a single spotlight with an air of faint applause surrounding her. Draped in the glamour of the roaring 20s and with a life far from her Chattanooga roots, Bessie never seems to escape the pain of an ever haunted past and like any artist of her time she channels that struggle in brilliant performance.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz as conversation - Marsalis explores instincts, teamwork behind a good performance

    Posted on April 19th, 2013 in Review | 0

    Great jazz requires a strange alchemy of instinct and expertise, of empathy and teamwork from its musicians — a fact few know better than famed artist and composer Wynton Marsalis. Jazz is a conversation, but a nuanced, swift, and complicated one, he said. At Sanders Theatre on Wednesday, Marsalis and a band of all-star musicians both discussed and demonstrated how to achieve that balance in “At the Speed of Instinct: Choosing Together to Play and Stay Together,” the fourth of Marsalis’ six-part lecture series at Harvard that began in 2011. Coming just two day’s after Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, the performance provided a collective respite for the campus.   Keep reading »

  • Listen up, says Marsalis - Master class at the Boston Arts Academy

    Posted on April 18th, 2013 in Review | 0

    As many parents can attest, rousing a child from sleep to make it to the bus stop can be a difficult task. Doing so during a vacation week would seem near impossible. But on Thursday, a group of students from Boston and Cambridge happily rose from bed and made it to class. The reason? Wynton Marsalis was in the house. For an hour and a half the famous trumpeter conducted a master class at the Boston Arts Academy, the city’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts.   Keep reading »

  • Watch Wynton Marsalis Quintet with Lucky Peterson live from Jazz in Marciac

    Posted on August 4th, 2012 in Streaming | 2

    Missed our first Marciac LIVESTREAM on July 31st? Well, you’re in luck. Join the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, with special guest Lucky Peterson LIVE this Saturday.   Keep reading »

  • The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra rehearsing Royal Garden Blues

    Posted on May 26th, 2012 in Video | 0

    On May 5, 2012, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra filmed an open rehearsal of Ellington’s “Royal Garden Blues.” This piece will be a part of the 2013 Essentially Ellington Program’s repertoire, and the open rehearsal discusses strategies for effectively performing the piece.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis return to the Barbican in July 2012

    Posted on May 18th, 2012 in Concerts | 1

    The world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis return to the Barbican for their second International Associate residency in July 2012. Following on from their critically acclaimed visit in 2010, the second residency will give audiences the opportunity to experience music performed by some of America’s finest jazz musicians in concerts, workshops, masterclasses, professional development events and talks.   Keep reading »

  • Live Webcast April 24th!  “Ballad of American Arts” at Miami University

    Posted on April 20th, 2012 in Streaming | 2

    Tune in Tuesday, April 24th at 4PM EST as Wynton delivers his acclaimed speech, “The Ballad of American Arts,” as Miami University’s Year of the Arts keynote address.  Immediately following his presentation, he will take questions from the audience.   Keep reading »

  • 15 Wynton Marsalis Solo Transcriptions for Trumpet

    Posted on April 16th, 2012 in Music | 0

    Spanning nearly 30 years, this eBook is a comprehensive study of the evolution of Wynton’s style as a soloist.  From his debut recording a leader through his latest quintet release, our intent was to capture Wynton’s improvisational skills against a myriad of different backdrops; fast and slow tempos, different grooves and time signatures and, of course, the blues   Keep reading »

  • Chasing the Blues - a Segment for CBS

    Posted on April 6th, 2012 in TV show | 3

    It’s hard to find authentic “juke joints” these days that still play the blues. On “CBS This Morning,” Cultural Correspondent Wynton Marsalis tracked down two real “juke joints” and shared their soulful stories.   Keep reading »

  • Reviews and Photos from Wynton’s Third Harvard Lecture “Meet Me at the Crossroads”

    Posted on February 14th, 2012 in Review | 0

    Wynton Marsalis recently gave the third of six epic lectures that he is slated to give at Harvard University. He promised that this one wasn’t going to be 4 and half hours long, as the last one was. When he got started, the result was part history lesson, part concert, part spoken-word poetry reading. Three hours into the show, his agenda became clear: He was telling a timeless story about love. For Charlie “Yardbird’’ Parker, inventor of bebop. For Bessie Smith, teller of the low-down nasty truth. For Woody Guthrie, who sang about running from the law. For all those who sang about being both broke and broken-hearted. For every artist who cared more about art than celebrity.   Keep reading »