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  • JLCO with Wynton Marsalis and guest artists reprise “Blood on the Fields”

    Posted on February 19th, 2013 in Concerts, Streaming | 9

    Jazz at Lincoln Center continues its 25th anniversary celebration with a special performance of Blood On The Fields, Wynton Marsalis’ Pulitzer prize-winning jazz oratorio.  Eighteen years after its premiere at Alice Tully Hall, the jazz oratorio on slavery and freedom will be performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.  Eric Reed, featured pianist on the premiere and original Blood On The Fields recording, joins the JLCO for this special concert event.  Blood on the Fields remains one of Marsalis’ greatest works and reinforces his dictum that “all jazz is modern.”  Rising star baritone Gregory Porter, scat-master Kenny Washington, and the great contralto Paula West reprise the vocal roles.    Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ Pulitzer-winning ‘Blood on the Fields’ returns

    Posted on February 12th, 2013 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    Sixteen years ago, newspapers across America riffed on an unexpected theme: For the first time, a jazz composition had won the country’s highest musical honor. “Marsalis swings a Pulitzer” trumpeted USA Today, its message echoing wherever cultural news was reported. Not since Duke Ellington had been snubbed by the Pulitzers in 1965 — prompting two jury members who recommended him for the award to quit — had jazz become so dramatically linked to the award.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Checks In on The Land That Never Has Been Yet

    Posted on April 8th, 2007 in Review | 0

    I’ve been listening to Wynton Marsalis’ new disc From the Plantation to the Penitentiary a lot.  It’s got the music—a neat jazz combo running through a variety of styles.  It’s just enough bop and bebop so it doesn’t put one to sleep like a Kenny G. solo, but it’s not an avalanche of sound like those from Coltrane’s thundering Ascension either.  Then there’s the vocals.  Yes, the vocals.  Mr. Marsalis is putting some lyrics to his tunes on this one, and he’s got plenty to say.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis: Wynton Throws Down the Gauntlet

    Posted on March 19th, 2007 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    Like Howard Beale in Network, Wynton Marsalis is mad as hell and he’s not gonna take it anymore. Of course, the 45-year-old trumpeter-bandleader and celebrated jazz ambassador has always been riled and outraged, ever since he was an audacious, outspoken kid back in New Orleans. And over the course of the past 20 years, he has always spoken his mind in interviews or in casual conversation. Like his equally unguarded brother Branford, you know where Wynton stands. He pulls no punches, never attempts to obfuscate. Like him or not, he’s painfully direct, unwavering in his convictions.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart

    Posted on March 8th, 2007 in Video | 4

    Last night, Wynton was on “The Daily Show”:http://thedailyshow.com to speak with Jon Stewart about Jazz music and his new album: From the Plantation to the Penitentiary.   Keep reading »

  • WYNTON MARSALIS: “From the Plantation to the Penitentiary”

    Posted on March 5th, 2007 in Review | 0

    From his landmark album “Black Codes (From the Underground)” through his Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio “Blood on the Fields,” the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has always found avenues for social critique. But his new quintet album delivers a fresh jolt to the system, by blowing apart the refuge of allegory. Oh, and he raps. But we’ll get to that.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis’ Sharp Social Critiques Come with Cool Riffs

    Posted on March 4th, 2007 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    Every decade or so, says jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, he likes to set his social views to music. The last time around, it was Blood on the Fields, which won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in music, a first for a jazz composition. Marsalis is playing the role of provocateur again with his latest CD, From the Plantation to the Penitentiary. The songs criticize hip-hop culture, what he sees as a lack of strong black leadership, and an abundance of “gimme-that” materialism. In New York, Marsalis directs the Jazz at Lincoln Center program. From his apartment just up the street, he talks to Michele Norris about his newest release, why lyrics rather than the trumpet take center stage, and what his teenage son thinks about some of the songs.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis wields sharp blade in ‘Plantation’

    Posted on March 4th, 2007 in Review | 12

    http://legacy.utsandiego.com/news/features/20070304-9999-1a04wynton.html   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis’s ‘Congo Square,’ With the Lincoln Center Orchestra

    Posted on May 6th, 2006 in Review | 5

    Wynton Marsalis has composed a number of extended works during his tenure as artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, usually with the stated ambition of capturing some aspect of the African-American experience. On Thursday night at the Rose Theater, he conducted his latest such effort, “Congo Square,” featuring the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Odadaa!, a nine-piece Ghanaian percussion and vocal troupe.   Keep reading »

  • Congo Square Rising Up

    Posted on May 3rd, 2006 in Review | 0

    Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center bring comfort and jazz to the city of New Orleans. It’s been about nine months since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005. Today, the area is slowly being rebuilt. Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis has led efforts to heal his native city but his journey there this past month was planned well before the unforeseen disaster. Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO) performed a series of free events for people of all ages, including concerts, master classes, clinics, and workshops during a weeklong residency, April 17-23. The events were co-sponsored by the state of Louisiana and the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans.   Keep reading »