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  • Heat combo: When Wynton Marsalis met Yacub Addy

    Posted on July 9th, 2012 in Profiles & Interviews | 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 Profiles & Interviews | 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 »

  • Wynton’s interview on the Telegraph: It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got swing

    Posted on July 9th, 2012 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    Being with Wynton Marsalis is always an education. He’s happiest when he can enthuse about something, or learn something new from whoever he’s speaking to. Right now, sitting over lunch in a Japanese restaurant in New York, he’s off on the topic of jazz’s Anglo-Celtic roots. “Those folk songs and hymns the slaves learnt from their masters were the real basis, the African element was grafted on top, not the other way round,” he says very firmly, “and this is why African and jazz rhythms developed in a different way. Listen, if you clap a marching rhythm, one-two-three-four, you can fit a swing rhythm over the top, like this.”   Keep reading »

  • Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis return to the Barbican in July 2012

    Posted on May 18th, 2012 in Concerts | 1

    The world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis return to the Barbican for their second International Associate residency in July 2012. Following on from their critically acclaimed visit in 2010, the second residency will give audiences the opportunity to experience music performed by some of America’s finest jazz musicians in concerts, workshops, masterclasses, professional development events and talks.   Keep reading »

  • Swing Symphony World Premiere, JALC’s Barbican Residency Reviewed

    Posted on June 25th, 2010 in Review | 0

    During the dates June 9-13, 2010 Wynton and the JLCO premiered “Swing Symphony” (Symphony No. 3) with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Berliner Philharmoniker. It was reviewed by Deutsche Welle, and Financial Times and The Arts Desk. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis then traveled to London where Jazz at Lincoln Center had a residency at the Barbican Centre from June 16-20, 2010. The residency was reviewed by JazzWise Magazine, The Telegraph, London Jazz, The Guardian, JazzWise Magazine (jam at Vortex), Financial Times,The Independent, The Guardian and The Evening Standard.   Keep reading »

  • Roots and rites of swing from Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on June 18th, 2010 in Review | 0

    It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing, as the old aphorism has it, but Wynton Marsalis is pushing it a stage further. United in Swing, described as the Barbican’s first international residency, involves his orchestra in a hectic schedule of concerts, jam sessions and education projects in east London, based on the notion that, given encouragement and expert tuition, any kind of people can swing. And there, reluctantly, we must part company.   Keep reading »

  • The Barbican Announces Jazz at Lincoln Center Residency: United in Swing 2010

    Posted on March 13th, 2010 in Concerts | 0

    The Barbican is proud to announce the details of its first International Residency Series. The partnership with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis along with a stellar group of JALC musicians offers audiences at the Barbican and in East London the opportunity to experience some of the best big band music in the world, played by a selection of Americas finest jazz musicians. This major concert series is augmented by a programme of Creative Learning in London schools and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, organised by the Barbican/Guildhall School Creative Learning Division in…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton playing at Barbican Hall

    Posted on July 25th, 2007 in Review | 5

    I saw the Duke Ellington Orchestra once, when Duke was dying, and his leading soloists were winding down their musical lives. But it still sounded like a group of inspired chancers who liked mixing order and happenstance.   Keep reading »

  • The Wynton Marsalis Quintet: live from Abbey Road Studios

    Posted on March 1st, 2007 in Video | 16

    On August 4, 2006, Wynton was in London with his quintet to record the show entitled “Live from Abbey Road”. Check out a video from the performance:   Keep reading »

  • Wynton playing at Abbey Road Studios

    Posted on January 17th, 2007 in Concerts | 12

    On August 2-3, 2006, Wynton was in London to play at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club. On August 4, the Quartet went to Abbey Road Studios and recorded a session for the show. On the Live from Abbey Road web site you can find info about the session, as well as photos and a video clip. The session will be broadcast in the UK on 23rd February on More 4 and Monday 26th February on Channel 4.   Keep reading »