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  • Beloved Styles, Crossing and Colliding

    Posted on November 18th, 2006 in Review | 0

    For months the American Composers Orchestra has been touting an adventurous collaborative program with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. But as the concert on Thursday night at the Rose Theater showed, bold collaborations are sometimes easier to plan than to pull off.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton performs Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

    Posted on November 9th, 2006 in Concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra | 3

    On November 16, 17, 18 at Rose Theater, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the American Composers Orchestra with special guest conductor Steven Sloane and pianist Marcus Roberts perform Gershwin’s groundbreaking Rhapsody in Blue, and then underscore vocal performances of Nelson Riddle’s finest arrangements from the Gershwin songbook. The evening includes music by Charles Mingus and John Lewis and closes as the ACO’s Music Alive Composer in Residence Derek Bermel brings his innovative vision to an exciting new work. More info about tickets on JALC web site   Keep reading »

  • Wynton and JALC celebrate George Gershwin

    Posted on November 7th, 2006 in Concerts | 0

    On November 13, 2006 at 7pm, Jazz at Lincoln Center will celebrate the music of the great American composer George Gershwin at the organization’s fall gala entitled Manhattan Rhapsody: A Celebration of George Gershwin.   Keep reading »

  • Review: Wynton Marsalis And Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives, Jazz At Lincoln Center

    Posted on October 25th, 2006 in Review | 0

    Arguably the most influential recordings in the history of jazz, Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Hot Sevens were the occasion for three Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts in the Rose Theater, Sept. 28-30, featuring Wynton Marsalis and eight other musicians. As my first visit to New York in several years and my first chance to see the new digs of Jazz at Lincoln Center, I made a point of catching the Saturday night performance which, like the other two, bore the title: “Wynton and Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives.”   Keep reading »

  • The Herald of Our Swinging Heritage

    Posted on October 23rd, 2006 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    It sounds like a scene from the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. The teenage Wynton Marsalis is walking home from school in New Orleans, carrying his books and papers in a blue American Tourister suitcase. Neighborhood kids hoot, because, really-a teenager carrying his books in a suitcase?   Keep reading »

  • Channeling the Granddaddy of Skid-Dat-De-Dat

    Posted on September 30th, 2006 in Review | 7

    In the recorded literature of jazz — and of American music, really — there is no greater document than the stack of three-minute sides made by Louis Armstrong for the OKeh label in the mid- to late 1920’s. Leading two successive bands billed as his Hot Five (and, briefly, a Hot Seven), Armstrong delivered a series of performances bursting with bravura and invention, in the process introducing a heroic new language of improvisation.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton and Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives

    Posted on September 26th, 2006 in Concerts | 5

    Wynton and guest musicians will perform in Wynton and Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives on September 28, 29 & 30 at 8pm in Frederick P. Rose Hall to present the groundbreaking and historic works by the Hot Five, Louis Armstrong’s first jazz recording band with him as a leader.   Keep reading »

  • Taking Coltrane’s Music and Making It Their Own

    Posted on September 16th, 2006 in Review | 4

    Jazz at Lincoln Center began its new season on Thursday with the first of three nights devoted to the music of John Coltrane. The occasion doubled as an early celebration of what would have been Coltrane’s 80th birthday (Sept. 23) — cake was served during intermission — and an opening salvo for the organization’s third year of programming in Frederick P. Rose Hall at Columbus Circle. It was a success on both counts.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis and JLCO play Coltrane

    Posted on September 13th, 2006 in Concerts | 0

    Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates John Coltrane’s 80th Birthday with performance and education events September 14, 15, 16 & 20, throughout Frederick P. Rose Hall   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis: The Once and Future King of Jazz at Lincoln Center

    Posted on August 27th, 2006 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    Hollering the blues, backed by a tambourine and twangy acoustic guitar, Mr. Marsalis was a study in contradictions. He was invoking rustic folk traditions while attired in a Brooks Brothers tuxedo and white tie. And he was sounding a note of abject despair while basking in the glow of 1,400 admirers, some of whom had paid as much as $2,500, as part of the fifth annual spring gala of Jazz at Lincoln Center.   Keep reading »