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  • The Story Behind the First Pulitzer for Jazz

    Posted on June 22nd, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    In 1997, for the first time in the history of the Pulitzer Prize in Music, the award went to a genre intimately bound up with the cultural, social and racial history of this country: jazz. Wynton Marsalis’s “Blood on the Fields,” an epic vocal-orchestral suite that dealt head-on with the tragedy of slavery, became not only the first jazz work to take the highest honor in American music but the first non-classical piece ever to win.   Keep reading »

  • Vision & Justice: Wynton Marsalis on Frank Stewart

    Posted on May 31st, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    For the “Vision & Justice” issue of Aperture, Wynton Marsalis, Ingrid Monson, Alicia Hall Moran, Jason Moran, and Somi reflect on photographs that represent moments in their lives. Here, Marsalis responds to Frank Stewart’s Calling the Indians Out.   Keep reading »

  • To Really Appreciate Louis Armstrong’s Trumpet, You Gotta Play it. Just Ask Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on May 23rd, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    One of the standout musical artifacts to go on view at the National Museum of African American History and Culture when it opens this fall is the elegant 70-year-old brass trumpet from Louis Armstrong. One of dozens he played through his five decades of performing, it came to life when Armstrong played it. “Satchmo,” as he was known, was not only one of the most popular musicians of the 20th century, he also helped steer jazz to a new direction—one of inventive soloing, done with a heart that connected to millions.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Miles and ‘Trane Festival

    Posted on May 10th, 2016 in Concerts

    The Miles & ‘Trane Festival kicks off on May 12 – 14 as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performs in Miles Davis: The Sorcerer at 90 in Rose Theater. The world renowned big band will debut new arrangements and revisit classics from Miles Davis’ legendary body of work, from Birth of the Cool to Miles In the Sky.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz At Lincoln Center Announces Winners of The 21st Anniversary Essentially Ellington 2016

    Posted on May 8th, 2016 in News

    Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly announces the top high school jazz bands in the nation that took the highest honors tonight at the prestigious 21st Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The first place winner is New World School of the Arts from Miami FL, second place winner is Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble from Raleigh, NC and third place winner is Tucson Jazz Ensemble from Tucson, AZ.   Keep reading »

  • Lush Life: Celebrating 100 Years of Billy Strayhorn

    Posted on May 5th, 2016 in Concerts | 1

    Jazz at Lincoln Center concludes its 2015-2016 season by celebrating the centenary birth year of American music icon Billy Strayhorn. Guest vocalist and pianist, Johnny O’Neal makes his debut with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis as they commemorate Strayhorn’s life and career on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 8:00pm in Rose Theater, at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Jazz at Lincoln Center is located at Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York.   Keep reading »

  • Nine-time Grammy winner, Wynton Marsalis, shares his lifelong connection to Jazz music

    Posted on April 29th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    The love of Jazz started for Wynton Marsalis growing up in New Orleans, watching his father play with some of the great music legends. “My father he struggled a lot,” Marsalis said. “The 17 years that I lived at home it was always a struggle.” Yet, he chose to still pursue the same path.   Keep reading »

  • Sneak peek of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s ‘World on A String: Swinging Songs of Broadway’

    Posted on April 14th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    ‘The House of Swing’ is paying homage to Broadway composers this weekend with original arrangements of stage classics. At the helm of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis.   Keep reading »

  • A Conversation with Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on April 12th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Charlotte welcomes a week of jazz as the Charlotte Jazz Festival launches Monday April 18 and runs through Saturday April 23.  More than a dozen performances, workshops, late night jams, a youth competition and even a jazz brunch are offered at venues in and around the Levine Center for the Arts campus.   Keep reading »

  • PBS to air Ken Burns’s “Jackie Robinson” on April 11 and 12, 2016

    Posted on April 8th, 2016 in Music

    JACKIE ROBINSON, a new two-part, four-hour documentary directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, will air April 11 and 12, 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS. The film tells the story of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who rose from humble origins to break baseball’s color barrier and waged a fierce lifelong battle for first-class citizenship for all African Americans that transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements.    Keep reading »