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  • Wynton Marsalis and JALC concert at Chicago Orchestra Hall

    Posted on March 29th, 2014 in Review | 0

    There’s a palpable sense of occasion in the air when the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra returns to Orchestra Hall, and you feel it as soon as you walk into the room. The presence of so many listeners seated on stage around the band, crowding the terrace area behind it and filling every remaining seat in the house distinguishes this event from most concerts in the grand old venue. Major performances unfold here many nights a week, in other words, but Chicagoans turn these JALC appearances – led by the band’s music director, Wynton Marsalis – into something of a civic occasion.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ JLCO at Chicago Symphony Center

    Posted on June 23rd, 2013 in Review | 0

    Is it possible that a quarter century has passed since the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra was created? Apparently so, for the mighty ensemble played the Chicago stop on its 25th anniversary tour Friday night at Symphony Center, a capacity audience crowding Orchestra Hall, including stage seating.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis plays homage to Von Freeman

    Posted on August 31st, 2012 in Articles | 0

    Just moments after Wynton Marsalis took the stage of Orchestra Hall on Tuesday night he addressed a subject on many people’s minds: Chicago tenor saxophonist Von Freeman, who died earlier this month at age 88. “He was a legend,” Marsalis told a crowded house, while a memorial service for Freeman was being held across town, at Christ Universal Temple, on South Ashland Avenue.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton to be featured as a High-Impact speaker at the 2010 National School Board Association Confere

    Posted on April 1st, 2010 in Speech | 7

    Wynton Marsalis will be a featured High-Impact speaker at the 70th Annual National School Board Association (NSBA) Conference in Chicago on Sunday, April 11, 2010. The Pulitzer Prize-winning, Arts education advocate will speak to Board Members, Superintendents and other school official representing over 1,500 of the nation’s largest school districts accounting for over 18 million school children. Other speakers include Charlie Rose, and Steve Wozniak.   Keep reading »