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  • An Oratorio of History With History of Its Own

    Posted on February 25th, 2013 in Review | 0

    By the time of Wynton Marsalis’s 1994 oratorio, “Blood on the Fields,” written for three singers and a 15-piece band, his scale for musical structure and organizational planning was big and getting bigger. He was 32 then. Jazz at Lincoln Center hadn’t yet become a constituent part of the larger Lincoln Center organization, and the idea of a dedicated theater for jazz hadn’t even been proposed. But he had already written extended works and had developed a framework for identifying and explaining jazz’s standards of excellence, and for linking the music to the history of black Americans and the notion of cultural survival. Never before had such power resided within one jazz musician, and those who doubted him wanted to be impressed on every possible level — especially after “Blood” won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for music.   Keep reading »

  • ‘Cotton Club Parade’ Will March Onto Broadway

    Posted on January 10th, 2013 in Concerts | 1

    After two popular engagements at City Center, “Cotton Club Parade” – a musical revue celebrating the Harlem nightclub during the Duke Ellington era – will move to Broadway this fall, its producers announced on Wednesday. With minimal spoken text, this 90-minute show recreates many of the big-band swing and blues numbers of the Cotton Club during the 1920s and ‘30s, with the score including works by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields (“I Can’t Give You Anything but Love”), Harold Arlen (“Stormy Weather,” “I’ve Got the World on a String”) and Ellington (“Rockin’ in Rhythm,” “Cotton Club Stomp”).   Keep reading »

  • Forces of Nature: Lightning, Water, Music and Movement

    Posted on October 2nd, 2012 in Review | 0

    A lighthouse guides a ship to safety. A lightning rod diverts a bolt from a structure by providing a direct path to the ground. Still, the opening images of “Lighthouse/Lightning Rod,” a new work by the choreographer Garth Fagan, with loose, exuberant music by the jazz composer and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, hint at danger as much as at security. Dancers, wearing aquatically themed purples and blues, move spontaneously, as if caught in a riptide: with little warning, they change direction, hopping forward on one leg while taking freestyle strokes in the air with a single arm or collapsing and dangling their fingers toward the floor. Without being too heavy-handed, Mr. Fagan shows that the waters surrounding his “Lighthouse,” as the first section is named, are anything but tranquil.   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 »

  • In This House, On this Morning concert reviewed by the New York Times

    Posted on May 26th, 2007 in Concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York Times, Review, Septet | 1

    On May 24, 25, 2007, Wynton and his Septet performed in Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall to celebrate the 15th anniversary of In This House, On This Morning. The New York Times has just published a review about the first evening. You can also take a look to a video-clip of the Wynton Marsalis Septet playing Holy Ghost, one of the most exciting tunes from that album. It was shooted live in Italy on 1993 ! In This House, on This Morning will be performed again tonight at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street…   Keep reading »

  • Legends of Blue Note concert reviewed by New York Times

    Posted on April 28th, 2007 in Articles, Blue Note, Concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, New York Times, Review | 0

    On April 26, 27 at Rose Theater, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis debuted exciting and long-overdue big band arrangements of music recorded for Blue Note Records in the 1950s and ’60s. Here is a review of the first concert evening on the New York Times (free subscription required). Tonight, April 28, there will be the last performance at JALC.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s concert at JALC reviewed by NY Times and NY Sun

    Posted on April 3rd, 2007 in Articles, New York Times, Review | 3

    Last week Wynton played with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Rose Theater for the “Songs we love” concert series. Here is a review of the evenings by the New York Times, the New York Sun and AllAboutJazz.com   Keep reading »

  • Wynton announces the new Jazz at Lincoln Center season

    Posted on March 8th, 2007 in Articles, Interview, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York Times | 3

    In an interview for the New York Times, Wynton announced the plan and concerts for the 2007/2008 season at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Read the complete article on the New York Times (free registration required) Here is the complete concert series: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Series: · Sketches of Gil Evans features the JLCO performing the arranger and composer’s greatest works including the great Gil Evans-Miles Davis collaborations · Best of the Big Bands features Freddy Cole and other guest vocalists joining the JLCO, swinging and singing beloved tunes of the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s · Frank Foster features the big…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s new album reviewed on the web

    Posted on March 5th, 2007 in Articles, Interview, New York Times | 12

    The most important media channels and newspapers are producing some reviews about Wynton’s new album to be out tomorrow: From the Plantation to the Penitentiary. Here you have some links: article by SignOnSanDiego, audio interview by the Philadelphia Inquirer, article by the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times   Keep reading »

  • Photo and review about Wynton playing with Willie Nelson

    Posted on January 15th, 2007 in Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York Times, Photo, Review | 8

    On January 12 and 13, Wynton played with Willie Nelson at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The New York Times has just published a review of the concert (free registration required). We have also some photos from the concert: The songs performed were: Bright Lights, Big City Caldonia Night Life Fool’s Paradise Ain’t Nobody’s Business My Buckets Got A Hole In It Basin Street Blues Georgia On My Mind Down By The Riverside That’s All Stardust Don’t Get Round Much Anymore Preview tracks from the upcoming album Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis: Two Men with the Blues (released…   Keep reading »