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  • 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 »

  • Video: Nancy Hanks Lecture at Kennedy Center

    Posted on April 10th, 2009 in Video | 10

    On March 30, 2009, Wynton Marsalis dazzled and inspired his audience with a moving lecture mixed with performance titled The Ballad of the American Arts. The 22nd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy was presented to a capacity crowd at the Kennedy Center on the eve of Arts Advocacy Day. Wynton’s lecture addressed the essential value of culture in the recalibration of American identity. After two standing ovations Marsalis wrapped up the evening with a lively performance with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (Chris Crenshaw, trombone; Victor Goines, saxophone; Carlos Henriquez, bass; Ali Jackson, drums; and Dan Nimmer, piano).   Keep reading »

  • Wynton speaks before a Congressional Committee

    Posted on March 31st, 2009 in Video | 0

    On March 31, 2009, Arts Advocacy Day, Americans for the Arts gathered a panel of acclaimed artists and experts to call on Congress for continuing and additional support and funding for the arts and arts education in America. This hearing, entitled “The Arts = Jobs,” focused on congressional support of strong public policies for the arts, appropriating increased public funding for the arts and supporting arts workers. Josh Groban and Wynton Marsalis were among the artists who testified before a Congressional Committee to champion the benefits of arts and arts education.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton playing for Timothy Dwight College

    Posted on February 6th, 2009 in Video | 1

    On February 5, Wynton was at Yale University for a musical “Q&A” at the United Church on the Green. The Chubb Fellowship also sponsored a delicious lunch and a special guest event exclusively for the students of Timothy Dwight College at the Union League Cafe. Wynton was the guest and he spoke of the attitude of jazz, his philosophy of music, New Orleans, and many other things. Click “Read more” to watch a video clip from the event… Wynton at Union League Cafe for the Timothy Dwight College   Keep reading »

  • Wynton to give a musical Q&A at Yale University

    Posted on January 26th, 2009 in Interview | 6

    Wynton will hold a “musical Q&A” with Yale History of Art Professor Robert Farris Thompson on February 5 at 4:30 p.m. at Yale University, in the United Church on the Green (Corner of Temple & Elm Streets New Haven, CT). The event is free and open to the public. Wynton is visiting Yale University as a Chubb Fellow.   Keep reading »