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  • Wynton Marsalis Named Honorary Co-Chair of University Musical Society’s National Council

    Posted on June 29th, 2018 in News

    The University Musical Society (UMS) hosted its annual meeting of the UMS Board of Directors on Wednesday, June 27, electing six new Board members and re-electing four officers. Additionally, two new ex-officio members were appointed to the Board.   Keep reading »

  • Read the Libretto for Wynton Marsalis’ The Ever Fonky Lowdown

    Posted on June 7th, 2018 in News

    Mr. Game, here at your everlasting service. I’m here for your edification, elucidation and your education. Here’s the situation. I run a game of numbers, though I’m not a numbers man. I inspire and sell confidence. Don’t laugh—-confidence determines the direction of the markets. And there’s nothing in the world more important than money, especially if it’s yours.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis says rap and hip-hop are ‘more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee

    Posted on May 22nd, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    “My words are not that powerful. I started saying in 1985 I don’t think we should have a music talking about niggers and bitches and hoes. It had no impact. I’ve said it. I’ve repeated it. I still repeat it. To me that’s more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee.”   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis & Ethan Iverson: A Conversation on Jazz & Race

    Posted on May 14th, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    At the inaugural Jazz Congress, co-produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes in New York City on Jan. 11-12, among the most anticipated events was a conversation on jazz and race featuring JALC managing and artistic director Wynton Marsalis and Ethan Iverson, a founding member of the Bad Plus, an important jazz blogger and a pianist with a deep reverence for jazz history. Moderated by artist manager/consultant Andre Guess, the hour-long conversation in JALC’s the Appel Room moved swiftly through ideas and anecdotes while never losing its feeling of diplomacy and mutual respect. Here are some highlights.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Announces winners of Essentially Ellington Competition 2018

    Posted on May 12th, 2018 in News

    Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly announces the three top-placing high school jazz bands in the nation that took the highest honors tonight at the prestigious 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.   Keep reading »

  • David Robertson brings his tenure as SLSO music director to a high-energy finish with W. Marsalis

    Posted on May 9th, 2018 in Review

    In her program notes for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra concerts this past weekend (May 4 - 6, 2018), René Spencer Saller quotes composer and jazz trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis as describing the final, quiet moments of his “Swing Symphony” this way: “It’s a wistful feeling; it’s not sad, and it’s not happy. It’s a feeling of contentment, a quiet celebration. It’s like the last breath you take: ‘We did this. We had a good time.’”   Keep reading »

  • World Premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ (The Ever Fonky Lowdown)

    Posted on May 7th, 2018 in Concerts

    In 1994, Wynton Marsalis premiered his first big band composition commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center, Blood on the Fields, about a couple’s journey from slavery to freedom. Nearly 25 years after the premiere of this powerful work which earned him a Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1997, Marsalis will premiere (The Ever Fonky Lowdown), the latest entry in his renowned canon of music exploring America’s relationship to racial matters. (The Ever Fonky Lowdown) will premiere on June 7 ─ 9 at 8pm in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, located on Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York.   Keep reading »

  • New York Live Arts presents Bill Chats with Bill T. Jones and Wynton Marsalis In Conversation

    Posted on May 2nd, 2018 in Speech

    Legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones and renowned jazz master Wynton Marsalis are celebrated throughout the world, honored with numerous awards including the National Medal of Arts (2013 Jones, 2005 Marsalis), Pulitzer Prize (1997, Marsalis), and MacArthur “Genius” Award (1994, Jones). In addition to their artistic contributions, both are heading important cultural institutions: Marsalis leads Jazz at Lincoln Center and Jones is the artistic director of New York Live Arts.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis to deliver the Commencement Address at Juilliard’s 113th Commencement Ceremony

    Posted on April 27th, 2018 in Speech

    The Juilliard School today announced that alumnus Wynton Marsalis—trumpeter, director of Juilliard Jazz Studies, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center—will address the graduates at the school’s 113th commencement ceremony, which takes place Friday, May 18, 2018, at 11am in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Celebrates Ornette Coleman, May 18-19

    Posted on April 17th, 2018 in Concerts

    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis celebrates one of jazz’s great original geniuses: composer, Pulitzer Prize winner, and alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman (1930–2015). 2017 Grammy Award-winning composer, arranger, saxophonist, and bandleader Ted Nash serves as music director for the evening, utilizing the Orchestra’s many colors to bring this music to life.   Keep reading »