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  • Wynton Marsalis’ 12 Tips on How to Practice: For Musicians, Athletes, or Anyone Who Wants to Learn

    Posted on April 3rd, 2017 in Education

    Practicing for countless hours before we can be good at something seems burdensome and boring. Maybe that’s why we’re drawn to stories of instant achievement. The monk realizes satori (and Neo learns kung fu); the superhero acquires great power out of the blue; Robert Johnson trades for genius at the crossroads.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis on Marsalis

    Posted on March 31st, 2017 in Concerts

    A signal event in the Juilliard concert schedule is coming up shortly: on April 6, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestraplays the music of Wynton Marsalis (‘61, trumpet) at Alice Tully Hall, conducted by the composer himself.   Keep reading »

  • Abu Dhabi Festival 2017: trumpeter Wynton Marsalis on preserving jazz as ‘America’s classical music

    Posted on March 26th, 2017 in Profiles & Interviews

    Spoiler alert: Wynton Marsalis suffers for his art, too. On the surface, the American trumpeter appears the very epitome of composure and professionalism – a superhuman mix of slick self-confidence and no-nonsense determination. A man who still irons his suits and copies his own sheet music by hand. A musician whose lightning virtuosity you expect to be credited to nothing but hard work.   Keep reading »

  • Jon Batiste and Wynton Marsalis Prize John Lewis, and Each Other

    Posted on March 24th, 2017 in Profiles & Interviews

    By the time Jon Batiste arrived at Spotify’s studios near Union Square on a recent evening, the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis had commandeered his seat at the piano. Mr. Batiste, who had hustled across town after taping that day’s episode of “The Late Show,” where he is Stephen Colbert’s musical foil, went around the room dapping and high-fiving the other band members as they rehearsed a blues. Then he stationed himself beside Mr. Marsalis, watching as the elder musician plunked out a playful solo.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis and JLCO colleagues swing their own tunes at Symphony Center

    Posted on March 2nd, 2017 in Review

    We’ve known for a long time that the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra stands as an ensemble of virtuosos. But that term generally refers to the level at which musicians play their instruments. In the case of the JLCO members, though, it also signifies the way they wield their pens.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center announces 2017-18 season

    Posted on March 1st, 2017 in Concerts

    Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis anchors 30th Anniversary Season and introduces first-ever The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Songbook concert showcasing unique commissions, and closes season with a new work by Wynton Marsalis   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center 2017 Gala Celebrates Ella at 100: Forever The First Lady of Song

    Posted on February 28th, 2017 in Concerts | 1

    Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2017 Gala, entitled “Ella at 100: Forever The First Lady of Song,” will celebrate the centennial of Ella Fitzgerald whose legacy and influence define a classic era of jazz vocal. Through a diverse and rich repertoire arranged by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the evening’s performances will demonstrate why Ella, the “First Lady of Song,” remains unrivaled in succinct phrasing and uncompromising musicality.   Keep reading »

  • Notes of Resistance: Wynton Marsalis on ‘All Rise’

    Posted on February 16th, 2017 in Profiles & Interviews

    The first performance of “All Rise,” Wynton Marsalis‘s epic and extraordinary jazz symphony, didn’t quite go as planned. “It sounded so bad that first night,” Marsalis sighs, recalling the December 1999 premiere at Lincoln Center. “It was like I was in the middle of a bunch of noise. I felt like I had inflicted a crime on about two hundred people in public.”   Keep reading »

  • Rise up

    Posted on February 16th, 2017 in Profiles & Interviews

    For more than 30 years, trumpeter, composer, bandleader, advocate for the arts, and educator Wynton Marsalis has helped propel jazz to the forefront of American culture. In 1997, Marsalis was the first jazz artist to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music for his work, “Blood on the Fields,” and he’s been instrumental in keeping jazz on the mind of all generations. Today, he serves as the director of jazz studies at the Juilliard School and is managing and artistic director of jazz at Lincoln Center.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center announces 15 Finalists for the 2017 Essentially Ellington Competition

    Posted on February 15th, 2017 in Education, News | 1

    Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly announces the 15 finalist bands that will compete in the 22nd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival – one of the most innovative jazz education events in the world – at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, on May 11 – 13, 2017.   Keep reading »