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  • Wynton Marsalis leads a lively triple-header with orchestra

    Posted on February 15th, 2015 in Review | 0

    What’s the difference between a great ensemble and a merely fine one? Perhaps it’s malleability: the gift for adapting quickly to shifting artistic demands. Certainly Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra showed that skill over the weekend in Orchestra Hall, playing three different concerts in quick succession and to striking effect. Any one of the performances would have been memorable. All three pointed to a band that consistently rises to changing aesthetic circumstances.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis reaches out to the young

    Posted on February 10th, 2015 in Articles | 0

    No event in Orchestra Hall’s jazz season generates greater anticipation or larger audiences than a residency by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. And none of this year’s three concerts, starting Friday, will make a bigger impact on the future than the Saturday matinee, a Jazz for Young People program. For during the course of this event, Marsalis won’t just play with his formidable ensemble but also will discuss the music, aiming his commentary at young listeners unfamiliar with jazz, as well as those already smitten.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra tours Mexico, Puerto Rico, South America and U.S. Virgin Islands

    Posted on January 28th, 2015 in Concerts | 0

    Jazz at Lincoln Center’s current season concerts and events celebrate the influence that the rich musical traditions of the Caribbean, North, South, and Central America have had on jazz throughout its history. The organization announces that the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will launch the 2015 Jazz Across The Americas Tour with concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on February 27 and 28. This landmark tour will bring the Jazz Times and DownBeat Readers Poll winning big band to Mexico City, St. Thomas, San Juan, and South American cities Buenos Aires, Caracas, Lima, Montevideo, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, and São Paolo throughout March 2015.   Keep reading »

  • JLCO with Wynton Marsalis celebrate Duke, Dizzy, Trane & Mingus: Jazz Titans

    Posted on December 16th, 2014 in Concerts | 2

    New York, NY – December 16, 2014 – The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis perform the music of four pioneering giants of jazz – Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, and Charles Mingus – in Duke, Dizzy, ‘Trane & Mingus:  Jazz Titans at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on January 29, 30 and 31 at 8pm.  Jazz at Lincoln Center is located at Broadway at 60th Street in New York, New York.   Keep reading »

  • Birth of the American Orchestra

    Posted on December 14th, 2014 in Concerts, Streaming | 1

    On January 9 and 10, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis explores its big band roots. Partly inspired by Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Managing & Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis’ Harvard University lecture, “Setting the Communal Table: The Evolution of the Jazz Orchestra”, delivered on September 26, 2013, the Birth of the American Orchestra concerts will explore the development of the American orchestra through the syncopated dance beats of New Orleans, innovative ensemble virtuosity, and the monumentality of swing and the blues.   Keep reading »

  • Jazzing Up the Holidays at Dallas Symphony

    Posted on December 14th, 2014 in Review | 0

    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis is so far from the usual big-band cliché that it’s mind-blowing. A dozen of the finest jazz horn players in the nation performed with graceful vigor, enabled by an acoustic rhythm section of piano, bass and drums that imparted support and swing. At Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on Thursday night as part of Dallas Symphony Orchestra Christmas Pops!, they enlivened tunes from the mid-1500s to modern, with exceedingly imaginative arrangements mostly generated by band members.   Keep reading »

  • Singer is a hit at Marsalis’ swingin’ Christmas show

    Posted on December 13th, 2014 in Review | 2

    Decked out in a white dress and blazing red high-heels, Salvant, who is only 25, walked out on the stage before a full house at FAMU’s Lee Hall Auditorium on Saturday night and let everyone know that she may be the best jazz vocalist of her generation.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis, Lincoln Center orchestra make season bright at Marcus Center

    Posted on December 2nd, 2014 in Review | 0

    You know it’s a good gig when you can’t tell if the band or the audience is having more fun. Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant and an Uihlein Hall audience shared a great time Monday with the band’s “Big Band Holidays” at the Marcus Center. The music, most of which was arranged by members of the band, was miles and miles from the trite pop arrangements cluttering the air this time of year. These were meaty, interesting takes on great tunes, each leaving plenty of room for band members to take solos.   Keep reading »

  • JLCO with Wynton Marsalis and Cécile McLorin Salvant at Marcus Center in Milwaukee

    Posted on December 2nd, 2014 in Review | 0

    The holiday season fits polymath Wynton Marsalis like a big white mitten. The artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center totes nine Grammy awards, a Pulitzer Prize and a bounty of celebratory musical goodies to share in spirit, as might the most soulful St. Nick.   Keep reading »

  • Concert Review: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Milwaukee

    Posted on December 2nd, 2014 in Review | 0

    Wynton Marsalis came to Milwaukee last to give a history lesson. But instead of using Powerpoint for the instruction, he brought along the 17-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as his teaching tool. Marsalis offered background and context for each piece, yet at no time were his remarks dry or didactic. In fact, once the format was established, Marsalis’ brief comments before each selection became a welcomed and expected part of the evening’s performance.   Keep reading »