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  • New book: The First 25 Years Of Jazz at Lincoln Center

    Posted on November 26th, 2012 in Books | 1

    New York, NY (November 26, 2012) Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) celebrates a milestone 25th anniversary with the launch of In the Spirit of Swing: The First 25 Years of Jazz at Lincoln Center (Chronicle Books), a limited edition keepsake book available for purchase on Amazon.com beginning on November 28. In the Spirit of Swing: The First 25 Years of Jazz at Lincoln Center is comprised of hundreds of gorgeous photographs, including rarely seen shots by JALC Senior Staff Photographer Frank Stewart, and historical documents from JALC’s expansive archives. Narrated by Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis and with contributions from Albert Murray, Jimmy Heath, Dianne Reeves, Stanley Crouch and past and present members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, In the Spirit of Swing: The First 25 Years of Jazz at Lincoln Center illustrates the organization’s rich history.   Keep reading »

  • Two Old Friends Prepare a Three-Part Premiere

    Posted on September 27th, 2012 in Interview | 1

    ROCHESTER — Last week the jazz trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis walked into an office building here that once housed a Knights of Columbus chapter, rode an elevator to a high-ceilinged studio and discovered his septet, a 12-member modern dance company, a giant spatula and a 21-foot-tall woman. Mr. Marsalis had a cold, but he wasn’t hallucinating. The studio is the home of Garth Fagan Dance, and Mr. Marsalis was there to rehearse. “Lighthouse/Lightning Rod,” his first collaboration with Mr. Fagan since “Griot New York” in 1991, opens at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Thursday. The spatula was one of Martin Puryear’s set pieces for “Griot,” excerpts from which fill out the program in Brooklyn. The sculpture of the woman was a conception of a lighthouse by the artist Alison Saar.   Keep reading »

  • Garth Fagan, Wynton Marsalis pair for new work

    Posted on September 27th, 2012 in Articles | 0

    About 25 years ago, choreographer Garth Fagan was walking down East Avenue and saw something out of the ordinary. The famous jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis was strolling around, looking rather blue. Marsalis had just performed in Rochester and was having a few band quibbles. “I picked him up and took him to the studio to see a performance,” says Fagan.   Keep reading »

  • Live webcast: Wynton Marsalis with Bobby McFerrin and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

    Posted on September 13th, 2012 in Concerts, Streaming | 2

    Two years after his acclaimed debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Bobby McFerrin returns to open our 25th Anniversary Season, performing for the first time with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to watch a live webcast of Bobby McFerrin: My Audio Biography.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s interview on EBONY - Entertainment and Culture

    Posted on September 6th, 2012 in Interview | 0

    In 1987, Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis directed a summer concert series entitled “Classical Jazz at Lincoln Center” in New York City. That modest series has grown into the impressive, multi-venue performance venue known as Jazz at Lincoln Center: the world’s largest not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to jazz in the world, with year-round concerts, educational events, band competitions, film programs and multimedia broadcasts and webcasts. As JALC prepares to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary with its season premiere later this month, EBONY talked with Marsalis, who serves as JALC’s Managing and Artistic Director, about the venue’s evolution, his uncompromising devotion to the music and his continuing mission to spread the gospel of jazz…by any digital means necessary.   Keep reading »

  • Garth Fagan and Wynton Marsalis reunite for the world premiere of Lighthouse/Lightning Rod

    Posted on September 1st, 2012 in Concerts | 0

    Brooklyn, NY/August 28, 2012—For the first time since their BAM debut more than 20 years ago, Garth Fagan and Wynton Marsalis return to premiere their new piece, Lighthouse/Lightning Rod along with excerpts from their first work, the beloved Griot New York. Lighthouse/Lightning Rod is set to an original score by Wynton Marsalis, is performed live by the Wynton Marsalis Septet, and features scenic design by celebrated visual artist and Guggenheim fellow Alison Saar. The Wynton Marsalis Septet is comprised of Dan Nimmer, Piano; Reginald Veal, Bass; Ali Jackson, Drums; Victor Goines, Saxophone, Clarinet; Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Alto Saxophone; and Eliot Mason, Trombone in addition to Marsalis.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis 
and Bobby McFerrin opening night concerts

    Posted on August 31st, 2012 in Concerts | 0

    On September 13-15 at 8pm in Rose Theater, Bobby McFerrin returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center to perform, for the first time, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. This opening night concert will explore the wide-reaching influences that have shaped McFerrin’s unprecedented musical approach and will feature new arrangements by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.  On September 13, following the opening night concert, the organization will open its doors to the public for a post-concert celebration featuring a cash bar and a free performance by drummer Bryan Carter and his band in The Atrium.   Keep reading »

  • Video: Wynton Marsalis Quintet live at The Greene Space, NYC

    Posted on June 6th, 2012 in Video | 3

    June 5, 2012. Wynton Marsalis speaks with WQXR’s Elliott Forrest at The Greene Space. Personnel: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet); Walter Blanding (sax); Dan Nimmer (piano); Carlos Henriquez (bass); Willie Jones III (drums).   Keep reading »

  • Wynton and Paul Simon on CBS This Morning

    Posted on May 30th, 2012 in News | 4

    Famed jazz instrumentalist and composer and CBS News cultural correspondent Wynton Marsalis recently sat down with the 70-year-old Simon - musician-to-musician - to talk about how Simon became one of the most important artists of his generation.   Keep reading »

  • Celebrating the life and career of Phoebe Jacobs

    Posted on May 22nd, 2012 in Concerts | 0

    A memorial concert celebrating the life of longtime jazz advocate Phoebe Jacobs—who died April 9 at age 93—will take place at 1 p.m. on May 24 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York.   Keep reading »