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  • 50 great moments in jazz: Wynton Marsalis goes back to basics

    Posted on April 28th, 2011 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    Like Sonny Rollins, Keith Jarrett and the late Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis is one of a handful of jazz instrumentalists whose name is known beyond the world of the jazz cognoscenti. But unlike the other three, Marsalis has polarised opinion more than any other jazz artist of the last 30 years. A consummately skilful trumpeter, an ambitious large-scale composer and a shrewd campaigner for jazz, he has become one of the biggest international stars of a tradition that was already being marginalised by rock and pop-influenced jazz by the time he burst on to the scene as a teenage virtuoso in the early-80s.   Keep reading »

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

    Posted on March 24th, 2011 in 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 »

  • “Life’s Work: Wynton Marsalis” An Interview for the Harvard Business Review

    Posted on January 18th, 2011 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    Wynton Marsalis grew up in a family of New Orleans jazz musicians and received his first trumpet as a sixth birthday present from bandleader Al Hirt. At 14 he debuted with the Louisiana Philharmonic; at 17 he moved to New York, where he attended Juilliard, joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, assembled his own band, and began a prolific composing and recording career. In 1987, Marsalis founded Jazz at Lincoln Center, which has grown into the world’s biggest arts organization dedicated to Jazz.   Keep reading »

  • Speech for The Century Association’s Monthly Meeting of Members

    Posted on December 13th, 2010 in Speech | 1

    December 2nd 2010 New York City My great uncle was born in 1890. He was an artisan who cut the names and last statements of the deceased into their resting stones. I lived with him for the entirety of my 6th year and visited on many weekends. He taught me so many valuable lessons passed down from ‘old folks sometime long ago’ in stories, songs and folkways. My experiences with him saved me from falling into the generation gap. I return in my mind always to his shotgun house on Gov. Nicholls St. in New Orleans with its lack of hot water, 1930’…   Keep reading »

  • “Louis” a Silent Movie with Live Accompaniment by Wynton and Jazz Ensemble to Premiere in August

    Posted on May 21st, 2010 in Concerts | 3

    “Louis”, a silent film directed by Dan Pritzker and starring Jackie Earle Haley, Shanti Lowry and Anthony Coleman, will premiere in US cities in late August with live musical accompaniment by Wynton Marsalis, renowned pianist Cecile Licad and a 10-piece all-star jazz ensemble, including Sherman Irby, Victor Goines, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Kurt Bacher, Vincent Gardner, Wycliffe Gordon, Dan Nimmer, Carlos Henriquez, Ali Jackson, and conductor Andy Farber. Marsalis will play a score comprised primarily of his own compositions. Licad will play the music of 19th century American composer L.M. Gottschalk.   Keep reading »

  • HBO releases trailer for their new series “Treme”, featuring a selection from “Congo Square”

    Posted on March 19th, 2010 in Video | 1

    Ever since HBO’s critically acclaimed masterpiece ‘The Wire’ went off the air two years ago, fans have been waiting to see what creators David Simon and Eric Overmyer would come up with next. So when word came out that they were going to take on one of the most complicated issues in the country—the effort to rebuild New Orleans in the aftermath of 2005’s devastating Hurricane Katrina—fans and pundits alike were both intrigued by the idea and dismayed at the wait for the project to actually materialize. Could the team from ‘The Wire’ find their magic again? And, if so, could even they do the subject matter justice?   Keep reading »

  • Video: The Spirit of New Orleans

    Posted on February 17th, 2010 in Video | 3

    Click below to watch Wynton’s video tribute to the New Orleans Saints and the Crescent City… “The Spirit of New Orleans”. The video was originally broadcast on CBS during the Super Bowl pre-game show.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis streams video of his tribute to the New Orleans Saints and the Crescent City

    Posted on February 11th, 2010 in News | 0

    Jazz impresario Wynton Marsalis created a special tribute with music and words to The New Orleans Saints and his beloved city of New Orleans. The video will be streamed on Friday, February 12, 2010 at 1pm EST live on his Facebook page and Ustream channel.   Keep reading »

  • The Spirit of New Orleans

    Posted on February 7th, 2010 in Video | 66

    Down on the Bayou where the mighty Mississippi kisses Lake Pontchartrain and spills into the Gulf of Mexico. There sits that jewel of the Southland. What the French lost to the British who gave it to the Spanish who lost it back to the French who sold it to America for….. Well, some folks say Jefferson conned Napoleon in a card game and won it for some jambalaya and a chicory coffee.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s comments about his week in New Orleans

    Posted on April 27th, 2009 in Concerts | 4

    Wynton is coming back from his tour with JLCO in New Orleans. He commented live on his Facebook and Twitter profile, from the Big Easy. Read his live report from his weekend in NOLA. Leaving for NOLA (April 22, 2009) Master photographer Frank Stewart and I have just hit the road on our 63rd trip around the U.S. We are excited because our destination is New Orleans. The home of soul. We are performing “Congo Square” with Yacub Addy and Odadaa! My homefolks are calling talking about gumbo parties and jam sessions. The band is ready. Its gon’ be one of…   Keep reading »