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  • Wynton Marsalis: The 2006 TIME 100

    Posted on May 8th, 2006 in Profiles & Interviews | 2

    My friend Wynton Marsalis comes from a rich musical-family tradition in New Orleans that I share with my family. From that core of talent and tradition has sprung an amazing young man who has worn many hats in his career: musician, composer, ambassador, activist, arts administrator and more. He’s an original in so many ways and has a tremendous influence on the popularity of modern jazz and its deep roots in New Orleans history. We share a love for our universally beloved hometown and were shattered by its recent destruction.   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 »

  • Photos from Congo Square parade in New Orleans

    Posted on April 27th, 2006 in Congo Square, New Orleans, Photo | 5

    Thanks to our friend Debra, we received new and exciting photos about Wynton at Congo Square parade in New Orleans. Enjoy the images in our gallery ! More images on flickr   Keep reading »

  • Photos and video from the world premiere of Wynton’s Congo Square

    Posted on April 24th, 2006 in Articles, Concerts, Congo Square, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, New Orleans, Review | 13

    Yesterday, joined by members of numerous brass bands from throughout the city, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton and the Capital Region-based percussion ensemble Odadaa! marched into historic Congo Square in classic New Orleans parade style Sunday as hundreds of concertgoers danced along behind them. Here you have some photos from the Congo Square rehearsal, and an article on TimesUnion about the world premiere (yesterday) Plus there are also three videos regarding: pre-parade | parade | concert (Quicktime player needed) In the concert video, Wynton sings duetting with Herlin Riley at the tamburine. Tonight, they are going to perform Congo Square…   Keep reading »

  • List of special events for Wynton and JLCO in New Orleans

    Posted on April 21st, 2006 in Concerts, Congo Square, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jazz for young people, New Orleans | 2

    Throughout the week, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will conduct a number of special ‘all-ages’ events around the city aimed at increasing awareness of jazz. Below is the list of events: Wednesday: Victor Goines at the Jazz National Park, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Thursday: Herlin Riley at McDonough 35, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Thursday: Jacub Addy and Odadaa!, James Singleton Charter Middle School, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Friday: Wynton Marsalis’ ‘Jazz for Young People’, ‘What is New Orleans Jazz’, at The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sunday: Second Line starting at The Backstreet Cultural…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton with Yacub Addy at the news conference in New Orleans

    Posted on April 19th, 2006 in Articles, Congo Square, Interview, New Orleans | 4

    With a press conference at Basin Street Station, Wynton Marsalis has opened a weeklong residency in New Orleans. The visit, part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s efforts to help New Orleans recover after Hurricane Katrina, will include master classes, clinics, workshops, and performances. On April 23, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Ghana’s Odadaa! will present the world premiere of Congo Square, a new work by Marsalis and Yacub Addy, the leader of Odadaa! The 80-minute cross-cultural work was inspired by the public square in New Orleans where Africans gathered to play the music of their homeland in the 1…   Keep reading »

  • ‘Congo’ dedicated to New Orleans

    Posted on April 16th, 2006 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    Wynton Marsalis has lived in the Big Apple for more than 25 years, but his heart is still in the Big Easy, as befits a New Orleans native whose music is steeped in the rich cultural traditions of his hometown.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton and JALC celebrate New Orleans

    Posted on March 21st, 2006 in Concerts, Congo Square, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, New Orleans | 2

    Jazz at Lincoln Center announced a full-scale celebration of New Orleans from the Big Easy to the Big Apple. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) with Wynton Marsalis will perform free events for people of all ages, including concerts, master classes, clinics, and workshops during a weeklong residency in New Orleans from April 17-23. The residency is in conjunction with the state of Louisiana and in partnership with the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans. The LCJO in collaboration with Odadaa! will perform a world premiere composition called “Congo Square“ co-written by Wynton and Yacub Addy who leads Odadaa!…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton and the new Louisiana Tourism Campaign

    Posted on March 10th, 2006 in New Orleans | 7

    The Louisiana state rolled out a star-studded, $7 million advertising campaign Tuesday to lure tourists back to Louisiana and boost the sluggish economy along the hurricane-ravaged coast. Called “Fall in Love with Louisiana All Over Again,” the campaign consists of a commercial and half-dozen print ads. Chef Emeril Lagasse, professional golfer David Toms, actor John Goodman and Wynton Marsalis and Allen Toussaint are among the celebrities with Louisiana connections appearing in a TV commercial that thanks Americans for their hurricane recovery efforts and asks that they return to enjoy the state’s art, food and music. Check out Wynton in the…   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 »