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  • “Rebuilding The Soul Of America” to replay on HDNet

    Posted on November 11th, 2008 in TV show | 4

    HDNet will be airing a replay of Wynton’s concert: “Rebuilding The Soul of America”, this coming Sunday, November 16 at 12 pm ET. Wynton performed in his hometown of New Orleans at the Harrah’s Casino Theater. See the performance that Wynton and his Septet played to commemorate hurricane Katrina and support the cultural infrastructure of New Orleans, in high definition   Keep reading »

  • Wynton to play with Dr. John at “Jazz at Lincoln Center”

    Posted on April 6th, 2007 in Concerts | 0

    On April 10, the Wynton Marsalis Quintet will play at Frederick P. Rose Hall with Dr. John and The Lower 911 for the “Now that’s HIP Concert” sponsored by HIP Health Plan of New York. In conjunction with the concert, HIP Health Plan will donate $100,000 to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Fund administered by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, established in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis on “Rebuild the Soul of America”

    Posted on August 16th, 2006 in Concerts, New Orleans | 7

    Wynton returns to New Orleans to commemorate Hurricane Katrina and help support the cultural infrastructure of a city devastated one year ago. “Celebrate Jazz Trio: Rebuild the Soul of America” is a three-day commemorative event sponsored by Harrah’s Casino that includes a concert; a talent search contest featuring performances by Wynton and the hottest local talent in the Mississippi Delta; and a free jazz and culinary event featuring Emeril Lagasse with Marsalis welcoming back the school children of New Orleans.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton about the three-day Katrina observance

    Posted on July 22nd, 2006 in News, Tribute | 2

    New Orleans will observe the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina as only America’s most musical city can, with a jazz funeral. Wynton Marsalis and Mayor Ray Nagin announced Friday afternoon the three-day observance, set for Aug. 27-29, promising details later. Wynton and the city’s musicians will lead the procession from the Convention Center to the Superdome in the tradition of a jazz funeral. The grand marshal will be Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, who arrived the Thursday after the Aug. 29 storm to lead the federal troops who followed.   Keep reading »

  • Congo Square Rising Up

    Posted on May 3rd, 2006 in Review | 0

    Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center bring comfort and jazz to the city of New Orleans. It’s been about nine months since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005. Today, the area is slowly being rebuilt. Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis has led efforts to heal his native city but his journey there this past month was planned well before the unforeseen disaster. Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO) performed a series of free events for people of all ages, including concerts, master classes, clinics, and workshops during a weeklong residency, April 17-23. The events were co-sponsored by the state of Louisiana and the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans.   Keep reading »

  • Shaken but Not Broken

    Posted on February 19th, 2006 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    The impact of Katrina really hit me when I couldn’t find the restaurant that serves my favorite po’ boy sandwiches. I was in the Uptown area, looking for Mandina’s. But everything around it was devastated. So I kept driving back and forth and looking—even though I also knew that if I did find it, there was no way in the world it would be open.   Keep reading »

  • New York Diarist: Strength in Swing

    Posted on November 7th, 2005 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    Immediately following the landing of Hurricane Katrina, I received hundreds of phone calls from all over the world. They offered sympathy and resources. I don’t get those phone calls now. The ones I receive now are rife with disgust at bureaucratic fumbling, with rage at an unspecified they who are in charge of everything from predicting which levees would break to choosing which people will return. They made it happen.   Keep reading »

  • 35 Who Made a Difference: Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on November 1st, 2005 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    “We’re blues people. And blues never lets tragedy have the last word.” This is an utterly characteristic statement by Wynton Marsalis, the trumpeter, composer and jazz impresario. He spoke those words in a television interview shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated his hometown of New Orleans. Within days he was playing in gigs to raise money for Katrina victims, including a huge benefit concert, “Higher Ground,” produced by Jazz At Lincoln Center, of which he is the artistic director. It has raised more than $2 million. Bob Dylan once remarked that a hero was “someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.” By that measure, Marsalis is a hero bona fide.   Keep reading »

  • Native Son: Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on September 22nd, 2005 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    Born in New Orleans in 1961, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is the most prominent member of one of the city’s esteemed jazz families. He has won nine jazz and classical Grammys since 1983, and he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for his jazz opera Blood on the Fields. He is the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton playing live at Jazz at Lincoln Center tonight

    Posted on September 17th, 2005 in Concerts | 8

    Tonight Live From Lincoln Center will put on a special nationwide broadcast of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert. The show will be live from the Rose Theater in Frederick P. Rose Hall.
 The broadcast is a presentation of Thirteen/WNET New York and will be shown on PBS stations from 8:00-11:00 p.m. ET, and continue until 12 midnight on WNET and on other participating stations around the country (check local listings).
 Lincoln Center will make the broadcast feed available to other networks including BET, BET Jazz, VH1 Soul/Classics, and Link TV. Higher Ground…   Keep reading »