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  • Wynton Marsalis Takes Concertgoers Through a Symphony of Blues

    Posted on February 8th, 2015 in Review | 0

    Taking their seats, the symphony orchestra begins with a wave of the conductor’s baton, led by the cheerful sound of the piccolo and the rhythm of the drums—which the program notes is supposed to signify the American Revolution and the birth of the possibility of the blues. On Wednesday night, the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md., played host to Wynton Marsalis’ Blues Symphony for hundreds who turned out—filling the expansive hall all the way to the balconies—to witness the premiere of the award-winning musician’s ambitious journey to chart the history of the blues throughout America.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ ‘Blues Symphony’ at Washington Performing Arts at Strathmore

    Posted on February 5th, 2015 in Review | 1

    Last night, thanks to the generosity of Washington Performing Arts, DC audiences had the rare opportunity to see Wynton Marsalis in the fullest sense – as consummate performer, as bandleader, and as composer of a new symphony that premiered at The Music Center in Strathmore. Under the more than capable direction of conductor Jan Wagner, Marsalis debuted his Blues Symphony last night in a performance with the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, the culmination of his semester long residency at Shenandoah University as part of Washington Performing Arts’ “The Art of the Orchestra Series.”   Keep reading »

  • World Premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s newly revised, complete Blues Symphony

    Posted on January 29th, 2015 in Concerts | 0

    Washington Performing Arts presents World Premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s newly revised, complete Blues Symphony for 100-piece symphony orchestra at The Music Center at Strathmore on February 4th at 8pm With Special appearance of The Wynton Marsalis Quintet in solo set Performance is the culmination of a robust semester-long residency with the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra as part of Washington Performing Arts’ The Art of the Orchestra Series   Keep reading »

  • New Year’s Eve 2014 at Jazz at Lincoln Center

    Posted on December 15th, 2014 in Concerts, Streaming | 4

    Wynton Marsalis Quintet with special guests Jared Grimes and Kate Davis in a one-night only performance at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, December 31, Sets at 7 and 11pm   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Quintet with Richard Galliano live at Jazz in Marciac 2014

    Posted on July 28th, 2014 in Concerts | 0

    What is Jazz in Marciac, but the marriage of swing and Gascony; a brief testimony to the eternal love story between France and Jazz? This is the story that Wynton Marsalis began to tell in partnering with another frequent JIM visitor, Richard Galliano.vThe union was a tribute to two emblematic figures: Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. Two extraordinary women, born in the same year (1915), in the same misery, both with grand and tragic fates, and most especially, with two ways of singing this blue soul that African Americans call the blues.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis at the 2013 Jazz in Marciac Festival – Both concerts will be webcast live!

    Posted on July 30th, 2013 in Streaming | 1

    Join Wynton Marsalis on Livestream as he returns to the 36th annual Jazz in Marciac Festival. In what has now become a yearly tradition, the Wynton Marsalis Quintet spends midsummer in France. Marsalis’ first night (July 31) features his dynamic quintet: Walter Blanding (saxophone), Carlos Henriquez (bass), Ali Jackson (drums) and Dan Nimmer (piano). On August 3, Marsalis collaborates with The Sachal Jazz Ensemble, master musicians from Pakistan, breaking musical boundaries by incorporating Eastern instruments into the iconic jazz repertoire.  The Sachal Jazz Ensemble are: Nijat Ali (director), Baqar Abbas (flute), Nafees Ahmad (sitar), Ijaz Hussain (tabla), Rafiq Ahmed (naal) and Najaf Ali (dholak, mardang).   Keep reading »

  • For The First Time, Wynton Marsalis Quintet Streams Live From Ronnie Scott’s

    Posted on July 20th, 2013 in Streaming | 3

    Audiences around the world will be able to catch Wynton Marsalis and his quintet’s sold out performance on Tuesday, July 23 at Ronnie Scott’s via livestream - in a first for the club. Featuring a multi-camera setup, the free HD broadcast will give viewers a true sense of being there. Marsalis is joined by Walter Blanding (sax/clarinet), Carlos Henriquez (bass), Ali Jackson (drums) and Dan Nimmer (piano).   Keep reading »

  • Jazz as conversation - Marsalis explores instincts, teamwork behind a good performance

    Posted on April 19th, 2013 in Articles | 0

    Great jazz requires a strange alchemy of instinct and expertise, of empathy and teamwork from its musicians — a fact few know better than famed artist and composer Wynton Marsalis. Jazz is a conversation, but a nuanced, swift, and complicated one, he said. At Sanders Theatre on Wednesday, Marsalis and a band of all-star musicians both discussed and demonstrated how to achieve that balance in “At the Speed of Instinct: Choosing Together to Play and Stay Together,” the fourth of Marsalis’ six-part lecture series at Harvard that began in 2011. Coming just two day’s after Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, the performance provided a collective respite for the campus.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis returns to Harvard for the fourth in his series of lectures-performance

    Posted on March 27th, 2013 in Streaming | 2

    “We will discuss and demonstrate the techniques, concepts, methods, opportunities and objectives that encourage spontaneous, intelligent and cohesive group decision-making in our music. We will also illuminate how each member of the quintet asserts, accompanies and adjusts to balance the freedom of improvisation with the sacrificial demands of finding and maintaining our common rhythm, known as swing.”   Keep reading »

  • An Unforgettable Evening With Wynton Marsalis, Family And Friends

    Posted on October 23rd, 2012 in Review | 0

    It was obvious when Mr. Ellis Marsalis took a seat in the center of a sold-out audience last night at Loyola’s Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall that the evening would be a special one. No one could have guessed that the performance by his son, Wynton, would turn into the once-in-a-lifetime event it became. The younger Marsalis, 51, performing as part of Loyola University’s Presidential Centennial Guest Series, opened the set with his composition “Free to Be.” Accompanying the nine-time Grammy-winning trumpeter and Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center was a world-class ensemble featuring Loyola alum Victor Goines (clarinet and saxophone), Carlos Henriquez (bass), Ali Jackson (drums), and Dan Nimmer (piano), who traded solos to resounding applause. Marsalis was thoughtful and gracious, grabbing a towel at stage left for Jackson, and musing at length on the importance of his upbringing, and the basic values of integrity and equality instilled in him by his father.   Keep reading »