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  • ‘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 | 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.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton and the new Louisiana Tourism Campaign

    Posted on March 10th, 2006 in Video | 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.   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 »

  • Wynton’s interview and photo from Yokohama

    Posted on February 16th, 2006 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    YOKOHAMA, Japan—Wynton was halfway through an explanation of whether he thinks his hometown, New Orleans, will ever really come back from the devastation of last summer’s Hurricane Katrina when he stopped and shifted direction. He got stranded in Chicago, he said, on his way over to Japan for a week of workshops for kids. With nowhere in particular to go, he just naturally hooked up with another New Orleans native living there.   Keep reading »

  • 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 »

  • Musician Wants to Bring Music Back to New Orleans

    Posted on February 4th, 2006 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    New Orleans is known around the world as a birthplace of jazz. Hurricane Katrina scattered many of the city’s musicians and artists across the country. Fewer than 300 of the city’s pre-Katrina population of over 2,000 musicians have returned. But the city, as part of its recovery effort, is trying to get more of them back. Revitalizing the culture of New Orleans is the goal of the Bring Back New Orleans Cultural committee.   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 »