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  • Wynton and Yacub Addy rehearsing Congo Square

    Posted on February 11th, 2006 in News | 3

    Wynton Marsalis and Yacub Addy, who lives in Latham, are collaborating on Congo Square, a new composition that pays tribute to the historic site on Rampart Street in New Orleans where African slaves gathered to perform their own music during the 1700s and 1800s. Commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center, “Congo Square” will attempt to reunite traditional African rhythms with New Orleans’ specific brand of American jazz. Combining the talents of Odadaa! and Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the new work will have its world premiere in Congo Square in New Orleans on April 23, despite the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.   Keep reading »

  • Video about Wynton and the New Orleans Cultural Committee

    Posted on February 4th, 2006 in New Orleans, Video | 0

    Recently Wynton spoke for the “Bring Back New Orleans Cultural Committe”. In this video, he speaks about education, and teaches a young jazz musician. Watch to the video (Real Player needed)   Keep reading »

  • Video from Wynton’s speech at Tulane University

    Posted on January 21st, 2006 in Speech, Video | 3

    Tulane University - This video captures the absolute brilliance on the night of January 16, 2006.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s speech at Tulane University in New Orleans

    Posted on January 17th, 2006 in Speech, Transcript | 3

    Most of you have returned at a time when many would have stayed away,” Wynton said monday night at an event on Tulane’s campus welcoming back the city’s students, before playing a set with a band that included his pianist father, Ellis. Today, he and the rest of the Cultural Subcommittee of Mayor Nagin’s Bring New Orleans Back committee will present their work to the Mayor and the City of New Orleans.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton to perform at Tulane University

    Posted on January 12th, 2006 in Concerts, Speech | 3

    Wynton will appear on the Tulane University campus on Martin Luther King Day to help celebrate the reopening of Tulane, Xavier, Dillard and Loyola universities, all forced to forgo their fall semesters due to damage inflicted by Hurricane Katrina.   Keep reading »

  • Higher Ground CD reviewed by Washington Post

    Posted on December 7th, 2005 in CD, New Orleans, Review, Tribute | 2

    The Washington Post has published an article about the album recorded live at JALC: Higher Ground: Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert.   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 »

  • Wynton and Dr. Ken Mask look to build libraries in the homes of hurricane Katrina victims

    Posted on October 6th, 2005 in New Orleans | 3

    After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Dr. Ken Mask who runs the non-profit “Books To You“ in New Orleans, turned to close friends and supporters, one being Wynton Marsalis to help restore the precious books that washed away in the Hurricane’s flood. Dr. Mask would like to do more than just restore books. He and close friend and board member, Wynton, would like to see each home have a library of entertaining, educational and healing books which will uplift the spirits of the children, young adults, adults and elderly affected by this devastating event. Dr. Mask states, “Two million…   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 »