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  • Wynton’s new album will be out on November 30, 2004

    Posted on November 18th, 2004 in CD | 0

    Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Wynton Marsalis has lent his compositional and performing talents to the creation of the original score for the new PBS Ken Burns documentary Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson, a detailed portrait of the first African-American Heavyweight Champion of the World. Wynton and Ken Burns last worked together on Burns’s 2000 PBS documentary Jazz, a 10-part series that explored the history of the music, on which Wynton was Senior Creative Consultant. The music on Unforgivable Blackness comprises 16 new Wynton compositions and seven interpretations of material composed by WC…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis and Ken Burns honor the life of Jack Johnson

    Posted on November 9th, 2004 in CD, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Septet, Tribute | 1

    Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly commemorates the Jack Johnson Festival in its new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, for two special evenings of jazz and film on Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13 at 8:00pm. During the first half of the program, acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, along with Wynton, will provide commentary and present clips from Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, Mr. Burns’ upcoming documentary on the heavyweight-boxing champion, author, patent-holding inventor and aspiring bass player. Wynton composed the original score and, with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, will perform this extraordinary music during the second half of…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s grandfather dies at 96

    Posted on September 22nd, 2004 in CD | 0

    Ellis L. Marsalis Sr., the patriarch of a family of world famous jazz musicians, including his grandson Wynton, has died. He was 96. A funeral was set for Thursday for Marsalis, who died Sunday. Marsalis’ son, Ellis Jr., is a prominent New Orleans pianist and music professor who mentored crooner Harry Connick Jr. as well as four musician sons: Wynton, saxophonist Branford, trombonist Delfeayo and drummer Jason. Marsalis Sr. was involved in the civil rights movement through ownership of a motel in suburban New Orleans whose guests included the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., New York U.S. Rep. Adam Clayton…   Keep reading »

  • The Magic Hour reviewed on NPR.org

    Posted on April 23rd, 2004 in CD, Review | 0

    On the NPR.org web site there’s a news review about Wynton’s new album. Reviewer Jim Fusilli finds delight in the record, with clever performances. He also finds some of the jazz Wynton plays sometimes backward looking. Listen to the review on NPR.org (Real Player needed)   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ The Magic Hour is in stores !

    Posted on March 9th, 2004 in Blue Note, CD | 0

    Wynton Marsalis makes his Blue Note debut today with The Magic Hour. On the new album, Marsalis taps vocalists Diane Reeves and Bobby McFerrin, as well as a trio of up-and-coming musicians — pianist Eric Lewis, bassist Carlos Henriquez and drummer Ali Jackson. If you want more buying info or want to hear a song sample, please go on Amazon.com Our favourites tunes are: “Free to be” and “Big Fat Hen”. Tell us what are your favourite ones in the comment section.   Keep reading »

  • The Magic Hour is coming

    Posted on March 7th, 2004 in Blue Note, CD | 0

    Wynton Marsalis’s new album, The Magic Hour, is coming. It will be in stores in two days, on March 9, 2004. (more buying info on   Keep reading »

  • A preview of Wynton Marsalis’ The Magic Hour

    Posted on February 2nd, 2004 in Blue Note, CD, Tour | 0

    As you know, Wynton will make his label debut with The Magic Hour, an upbeat, lyrical eight-song outing featuring his remarkable quartet – pianist Eric Lewis, bassist Carlos Henriquez and drummer Ali Jackson – and two special guests, Blue Note label mates Dianne Reeves and Bobby McFerrin. The new album will be in stores on March 9, 2004. But now, on the Bluenote web site, is possible to download a nice Flash animation that shows the new album cover and previews the tune with Bobby McFerrin. In our tour section, we also have new tour dates for the Wynon Marsalis Quartet.   Keep reading »

  • The Magic Hour will be in stores on March 9

    Posted on December 31st, 2003 in Blue Note, CD | 0

    Wynton’ new album, The Magic Hour, will hits stores March 9. The eight-song set follows his acclaimed 200-performer orchestral work, All Rise. Wynton is joined by pianist Eric Lewis, bassist Carlos Henriquez and drummer Ali Jackson, plus guest vocalists Dianne Reeves and Bobby McFerrin. Marsalis says, “For kids, the magic hour is the one hour before they go to bed. For parents, it’s the one hour after the kids go to sleep” Reeves sings on Feeling of Jazz, while McFerrin shows up on Baby, I Love You. Other songs include Free to be, the whimsical Big Fat Hen and Skipping,…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton playing in Ted Nash’s album

    Posted on December 17th, 2003 in CD | 0

    Wynton played on four tunes in Still Evolved, Ted Nash’s new album. Nash plays tenor saxophone and clarinet in New York’s most vital, but very different, jazz ensembles—the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the more adventurous Jazz Composers Collective—and this album explores the links between tradition and innovation, composition and improvisation. Still Evolved features the rhythm section of Matt Wilson on drums, Ben Allison on bass and Frank Kimbrough on piano. Wynton Marsalis and Marcus Printup, both colleagues of his in the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, join the band for four tunes each. Kimbrough, Allison and…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s upcoming album on Blue Note

    Posted on October 24th, 2003 in Blue Note, CD | 0

    The new Wynton’s album with Blue Note Records will be called The Magic Hour and will be out in March of 2004. Wynton recorded it with a new quintet that features: Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson on saxophones, Eric Lewis on piano, Carlos Henriquez on bass and Ali Jackson on drums. More details to come…   Keep reading »