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  • PBS to honor Tony Bennett in music special with star-studded performances

    Posted on November 2nd, 2017 in News | 2

    Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA Washington, D.C., today announced the talent and broadcast plans for “Tony Bennett: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song,” a PBS music special honoring Tony Bennett’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The program will premiere Friday, January 12, 2018 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).   Keep reading »

  • How Wynton Marsalis is like Mozart - and why his concerto in Philly is for violin, not trumpet

    Posted on November 1st, 2017 in Review

    Supposedly running 50 minutes at its 2015 London premiere, the concerto would seem to be one of the longest pieces of its kind. Now that it’s arriving for Philadelphia Orchestra concerts Thursday through Saturday at the Kimmel Center, the piece has a more Brahmsian length of 40 minutes. Rest assured, though, this concerto doesn’t sound like Brahms.   Keep reading »

  • Music and meaning, the Marsalis way

    Posted on October 31st, 2017 in Review

    “In a few minutes, we are going to talk about improvisation. You are about to see it,” Harvard President Drew Faust told the crowd at Sanders Theatre on Monday evening as jazz great Wynton Marsalis took up his trumpet.   Keep reading »

  • With Faust, Wynton Marsalis Reflects on Power of Music

    Posted on October 31st, 2017 in Review

    Trumpeter and composer Wynton L. Marsalis improvised some blues with the Harvard Jazz Band before reflecting on the value of education for both the arts and society with University President Drew G. Faust in a crowded Sanders Theatre Monday night.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis, Krall, Corea Among DownBeat Readers Poll Winners

    Posted on October 24th, 2017 in News

    DownBeat is proud to announce the results of its 82nd Annual Readers Poll. Wynton Marsalis topped the Trumpet category, and readers elected him into the DownBeat Hall of Fame.   Keep reading »

  • Violin star Nicola Benedetti elated to do concerto by jazz great Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on October 24th, 2017 in Profiles & Interviews

    As one of the world’s most acclaimed young violinists, Nicola Benedetti has earned a stellar reputation for her ability to perform some of the most challenging works in classical music with flawless technical mastery and deep emotional conviction.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis makes a return engagement

    Posted on October 16th, 2017 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis returns to campus Oct. 30 for an evening celebrating the video release of “Music as Metaphor,” the lecture and performance that launched his Harvard lecture series in 2011. The event, “A Conversation with Wynton Marsalis and Drew Faust,” will explore the importance of the arts and cultural literacy in education, jazz, and society.   Keep reading »

  • Having Fun and Learning Straight from the Masters

    Posted on October 16th, 2017 in

    When Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra come to the Symphony Center, you make a point to see them.  They are dynamic and masters at their craft.  If your kids are uninterested and don’t want to attend a jazz show, don’t worry.  Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra have something to bridge the gap.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis and JLCO celebrate Morton and Lewis

    Posted on October 15th, 2017 in Review

    Let no one doubt that Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra aim to educate as well as entertain. That much was inescapable from their residency over the weekend in Orchestra Hall, where Marsalis and friends kicked off Symphony Center’s jazz series with rigorous examinations of the work of two jazz giants.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis, Lincoln Center crew evoke class and artistry of Ellington

    Posted on October 12th, 2017 in Review

    Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra offered up an unforgettable concert of creative, tight, thoroughly involving jazz at the Marcus Center’s Uihlein Hall Wednesday evening, Part of the completely disarming charm of this 15-piece big band is the fun they appear to be having.   Keep reading »