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  • Wynton wrote the foreword for the new Louis Armstrong DVD

    Posted on October 23rd, 2006 in DVD, Louis Armstrong, Video | 1

    This month saw the release of the Jazz Icons series by San Diego’s Reelin’ In The Years. Available on nine DVDs that will be released in a boxed set, the series features previously unreleased European performances by such legends as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. Wynton wrote the foreword for the Louis Armstrong DVD   Keep reading »

  • A young Wynton Marsalis with Art Blakey on DVD

    Posted on January 15th, 2005 in DVD | 0

    Out this month is a DVD version of a 1982 concert of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in performance at the Baird Auditorium at the Smithsonian Institution. The hourlong concert features a young Wynton Marsalis on trumpet, his brother Branford on baritone saxophone, Bill Pierce on tenor sax, Donald Brown on piano and Charles Fambrough on bass as they swing through “Little Man,” “My Ship,” “New York,” “Webb City” and a closing medley. A brief interview with Blakey is included. Buy the DVD on Amazon.com   Keep reading »

  • Unforgivable Blackness is now available on DVD

    Posted on January 14th, 2005 in DVD | 1

    Unforgivable Blackness, the Ken Burns’ documentary about iconic black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson is now available on DVD. Combining photographs and film footage with music provided by Wynton Marsalis, Burns’ portrait of Johnson clicks on at least three levels: as a biography, as a piece of sports history, and, most important, as a lesson on race relations in the early 20th century. Drawing on blues, jazz and ragtime, Wynton collects and re-creates the musical styles that Johnson heard – and sometimes played – and uses them to portray the exhilarating rise and predictable fall of America’s first black heavyweight champion. Buy…   Keep reading »

  • DVD version of “Marsalis family” in stores now

    Posted on April 8th, 2003 in DVD | 0

    The Marsalis Family recorded together for the first time ever, at University of New Orleans on August 2001. Featuring Ellis on piano, and his sons Branford (saxophones), Delfeayo (trombone), Jason (drums) and Wynton (trumpet). Plus bassist Roland Guerin, and a special guest appearance by Harry Connick Jr. The DVD of that concert is now available in stores. Buy it from Amazon.com   Keep reading »

  • The Marsalis Family band hits the road

    Posted on February 23rd, 2003 in CD, DVD | 4

    Inspired by a New Orleans concert in August 2001 celebrating patriarch Ellis Marsalis’ retirement from teaching at the University of New Orleans, a tour , a PBS special, a recording and a DVD (buy it on Amazon.com) are now in the works. The Marsalis family tour (check dates), kicks off on February 23. It features Ellis Marsalis on piano, with sons Branford on saxophones, Wynton on trumpet, Delfeayo on trombone and Jason on drums, and the only non-family member, Reginald Veal on bass. West Coast fans will have to be content with reproduced performances by this celebrated band of brothers and their…   Keep reading »