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  • Jazz at Lincoln Center announces 2013 Essentially Ellington Finalists

    Posted on February 24th, 2013 in News | 1

    Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly announces the 15 finalist bands that will compete in the prestigious 18th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival (EE) at Frederick P. Rose Hall on May 10 - 12, 2013.  The following finalists are among nearly 100 high school jazz bands across the country that entered the competition.  Each school submitted recordings of three tunes performed from charts from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington library.   Keep reading »

  • New book: The First 25 Years Of Jazz at Lincoln Center

    Posted on November 26th, 2012 in Books | 1

    New York, NY (November 26, 2012) Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) celebrates a milestone 25th anniversary with the launch of In the Spirit of Swing: The First 25 Years of Jazz at Lincoln Center (Chronicle Books), a limited edition keepsake book available for purchase on Amazon.com beginning on November 28. In the Spirit of Swing: The First 25 Years of Jazz at Lincoln Center is comprised of hundreds of gorgeous photographs, including rarely seen shots by JALC Senior Staff Photographer Frank Stewart, and historical documents from JALC’s expansive archives. Narrated by Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis and with contributions from Albert Murray, Jimmy Heath, Dianne Reeves, Stanley Crouch and past and present members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, In the Spirit of Swing: The First 25 Years of Jazz at Lincoln Center illustrates the organization’s rich history.   Keep reading »

  • An Unforgettable Evening With Wynton Marsalis, Family And Friends

    Posted on October 23rd, 2012 in Review | 0

    It was obvious when Mr. Ellis Marsalis took a seat in the center of a sold-out audience last night at Loyola’s Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall that the evening would be a special one. No one could have guessed that the performance by his son, Wynton, would turn into the once-in-a-lifetime event it became. The younger Marsalis, 51, performing as part of Loyola University’s Presidential Centennial Guest Series, opened the set with his composition “Free to Be.” Accompanying the nine-time Grammy-winning trumpeter and Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center was a world-class ensemble featuring Loyola alum Victor Goines (clarinet and saxophone), Carlos Henriquez (bass), Ali Jackson (drums), and Dan Nimmer (piano), who traded solos to resounding applause. Marsalis was thoughtful and gracious, grabbing a towel at stage left for Jackson, and musing at length on the importance of his upbringing, and the basic values of integrity and equality instilled in him by his father.   Keep reading »

  • Video: Wynton Marsalis Quintet live at The Greene Space, NYC

    Posted on June 6th, 2012 in Video | 3

    June 5, 2012. Wynton Marsalis speaks with WQXR’s Elliott Forrest at The Greene Space. Personnel: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet); Walter Blanding (sax); Dan Nimmer (piano); Carlos Henriquez (bass); Willie Jones III (drums).   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 »

  • Celebrating the life and career of Phoebe Jacobs

    Posted on May 22nd, 2012 in Concerts | 0

    A memorial concert celebrating the life of longtime jazz advocate Phoebe Jacobs—who died April 9 at age 93—will take place at 1 p.m. on May 24 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York.   Keep reading »

  • Winners of 17th Essentially Ellington Competition 2012

    Posted on May 8th, 2012 in News | 1

    Three high school jazz bands took top honors on Sunday night at the 17th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center. The bands were chosen by a panel of judges composed of distinguished jazz musicians and historians, including Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Artistic Director WYNTON MARSALIS, DAVID BERGER, BILL DOBBINS, JEFF HAMILTON and SHERMAN IRBY. The three top-placing bands were chosen from a field of 15 finalist bands that participated in the three-day Competition & Festival from May 4-6.    Keep reading »

  • Q&A with kids at Essentially Ellington 2012

    Posted on May 7th, 2012 in Interview | 0

    This weekend, Wynton Marsalis got to talk to some of the kids from Essentially Ellington 2012 competition.   Keep reading »

  • Live Webcast Announced for Essentially Ellington 2012

    Posted on May 4th, 2012 in News | 0

    Jazz at Lincoln Center announces the competition at the 17th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival will be video streamed live online.  The free webcast from the Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall on May 5th and 6th will feature performances by the fifteen competing high school jazz band finalists, as well as the announcement of the top placing bands. The video will also be available online for one week following the Competition & Festival.   Keep reading »

  • “Life’s Work: Wynton Marsalis” An Interview for the Harvard Business Review

    Posted on January 18th, 2011 in Interview | 1

    Life’s Work: Wynton Marsalis An Interview with Wynton Marsalis by Katherine Bell Wynton Marsalis grew up in a family of New Orleans jazz musicians and received his first trumpet as a sixth birthday present from bandleader Al Hirt. At 14 he debuted with the Louisiana Philharmonic; at 17 he moved to New York, where he attended Juilliard, joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, assembled his own band, and began a prolific composing and recording career. In 1987, Marsalis founded Jazz at Lincoln Center, which has grown into the world’s biggest arts organization dedicated to Jazz. Why did you pick the trumpet?…   Keep reading »