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  • The Guardian: Wynton Marsalis with JLCO and Odadaa” at Barbican

    Posted on July 12th, 2012 in Review | 1

    Wynton Marsalis is famously resistant to notions of jazz-fusion. He has denounced attempts to dilute jazz by using funk or rock rhythms, always loudly asserting the primacy of swing in the jazz tradition. African rhythms, however, are rather more problematic for him. These rhythms do not swing in the traditional sense: they do not use swung quavers. Musicologically, they’re as far from his notion of jazz as, say, heavy metal. Yet they are undeniably part of jazz’s DNA.   Keep reading »

  • Heat combo: When Wynton Marsalis met Yacub Addy

    Posted on July 9th, 2012 in Articles | 0

    We first saw Wynton Marsalis on television soloing with a symphony orchestra in 1981. The announcer said he came from New Orleans. “I’m going to work with this man,” my husband Yacub Addy said. I was surprised because Yacub is a traditional Ghanaian drummer of the Ga ethnic group. I couldn’t visualise him working with this classically trained trumpeter, although Wynton is known for jazz, which Yacub loved since he was a teenager in Ghana, dancing to American big band hits on the streets of Accra. His music led him from Ghana to Europe and America, where in 1982, as an artist and manager team, we created his current Ghanaian ensemble Odadaa!.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton on METRO UK: Jazz fusion is like Tabasco, it works in small doses

    Posted on July 9th, 2012 in Articles | 0

    This month he appears to be bringing a large chunk of that activity to Britain for one of his biannual visits. Alongside assorted education packages around London and a festival for school bands, Marsalis will conduct a mammoth Jazz at Lincoln Center residency at London’s Barbican and beyond with selected bands. The performances include a collaboration with an African drum troupe, a Harlem-style Abyssinian mass with a 100-voice choir, a Duke Ellington tribute, an exploration of Afro-Cuban jazz, a concert at Birmingham Symphony Hall on July 20 and the British debut of Marsalis’s epic Swing Symphony.   Keep reading »

  • Released today: The Music of America: Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on January 25th, 2012 in CD | 1

    From “Hellbound Highball” to “Happy Feet Blues,” this collection of works is the greatest retrospective of Wynton as a composer. For the first time, Wynton Marsalis brings you this self-curated 2-CD set featuring ONLY his compositions. Performed by a diverse group of artists including musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orion String Quartet, Mark O’Connor, members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Danny Barker.   Keep reading »

  • As Seen on 60 Minutes

    Posted on June 26th, 2011 in TV show | 4

    Free download of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performing Wynton’s composition “Sanctified Blues” from Congo Square during their Cuban tour, a sneak preview from the JLCO’s upcoming CD “Five Nights In Havana“, coming out in 2012.   Keep reading »

  • 60 Minutes to Rebroadcast Feature on Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO on June 26th, 7PM EST

    Posted on June 20th, 2011 in TV show | 3

    CBS 60 Minutes announced that it will rebroadcast the two segment feature on Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on Sunday, June 26th. Check back here on Sunday, June 26th for more behind the scenes content and a free MP3 download!   Keep reading »

  • Winners of 16th Annual Essentially Ellington Competition 2011

    Posted on May 15th, 2011 in Concerts | 6

    AMERICA’S BEST HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BANDS! JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 16th ANNUAL ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND COMPETITION Competition Webcast Available Monday, May 16 1st Place: Dillard Center for the Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL 2nd Place: Roosevelt High School, Seattle, WA 3rd Place: Mountlake Terrace High School, Seattle, WAHonorable Mention:New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL Honorable Mention: New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL Three high school jazz bands took top honors tonight in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 16th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. Each band…   Keep reading »

  • Jump (full score + parts) is now available

    Posted on April 27th, 2011 in Sheet Music | 0

    Based on the chords to Gershwin’s “Lady Be Good”, “Jump” is a riff based composition in the style of the Count Basie Big Band. Working with both Swing Era and Bebop Era language, this piece is a challenging, up tempo chart orchestrated for an 11 piece big band. This is the music exactly as it is recorded on the CD entitled “Jump Start and Jazz”.   Keep reading »

  • Win a Trip for Two to the Vitoria Jazz Festival in Spain!

    Posted on April 12th, 2011 in Contest | 9

    April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and to celebrate, SiriusXM and Jazz at Lincoln Center are giving you a chance to win a trip for two to Vitoria, Spain for the Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival, July 10-16, 2011! One of the world’s premier jazz celebrations located in the historic Basque region of northern Spain, the Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival is celebrating its 35th year…and we want to give you and a guest the chance to be there in person to see an incredible lineup of legendary musicians. Performers scheduled to appear at this year’s Festival include Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter &…   Keep reading »

  • Now Available The Caboose (Big Train) - Full Score + Parts

    Posted on March 24th, 2011 in Sheet Music | 0

    The first piece from the Wynton Marsalis Big Band collection is now available for purchase and instant download. The Caboose is the final song from the larger work called Big Train. It’s a traditional big band instrumentation of 2 Alto Sax, 2 Tenor Sax, 1 Baritone Sax, 4 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Piano, Bass and Drums.   Keep reading »