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  • New 2004 tour dates for the Wynton Marsalis Quintet and the JLCO

    Posted on July 29th, 2004 in Concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Quintet, Tour | 4

    We have just updated the fall 2004 tour schedule for Wynton with his Quintet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Check the new tour dates   Keep reading »

  • A special meal with Wynton

    Posted on July 24th, 2004 in Special report, Tour | 0

    Today, Wynton and some guys of the band came to my home to have lunch with my family in Italy. Before going to Benevento (coming from Fano) he drove his motorhome to Manfredonia (Apulia) My mother, Mrs. Antonietta prepared for him a big italian meal: spaghetti alle vongole, seppie arrosto, gamberi, pomodori e mozzarella, melone, gelato e caffĂ©. Wynton was very happy to be here in my town and enjoyed the meal !!! He was here for three hours and then he leaved for Benevento to play at the tonight concert. I’ll be there to take some photos and videos…   Keep reading »

  • That’s a Wrap?

    Posted on June 22nd, 2004 in Quintet, Tour | 0

    This post concludes my online diaries with the Quintet. I hope you’ve enjoyed these updates as I’ve enjoyed reflecting on my experiences the past few days and writing about them. Now I’m off to work with former US Senator Max Cleland. I’m in St. Louis right now. Senator Cleland and I just got back from a campaign event for Barack Obama, whose running for US Senate in Illinois. I’ll also be working with the Georgia Democratic Party and the John Kerry campaign. I’ll continue to write updates on this blog as I talk with…   Keep reading »

  • L.A. in Pictures

    Posted on June 20th, 2004 in Photo, Quintet, Tour | 0

    The show was loud. Over 18,000 people crowded into see the Playboy Jazz Fest in the Hollywood Bowl. It wasn’t intimate at all. And it wasn’t that conducive for jazz. The show. Ali, Simeon, Moi, Etienne, and Carlos Ryan McKenna, Bill Cosby, Jim Baehr Kevin Eubanks and moi. Etienne, a youngster, and Wynton. Moi et Wynton   Keep reading »

  • Santa Barbara in Quotes

    Posted on June 19th, 2004 in Quintet, Tour | 0

    “Excellent, just really good.” Stuart, Cameria “Mindblowing. I don’t have the magical gift like they do. Some people have an inate ability.” Eriz, Ila Isla After receiving quotes, we got in the white vans and drove to Winni’s house to have some gumbo.   Keep reading »

  • The Gumbo Party

    Posted on June 19th, 2004 in Quintet, Tour | 0

    After the concert, we went to Winni’s House (see pictures in the “Santa Barbara in Pictures” post). We arrived shortly after 11. And I didn’t leave until 3:00 AM. The highlight of the night was Winni’s award winning gumbo. Watch out, Emeril. Watch out, New Orleans. This gumbo was spicey and saucey. It had that twang, a mixture of any good jazz dish. The Santa Barbara elite seemed to be everywhere. I was engaged in a discussion with my friend Jim Baehr about how to improve Dartmouth College, our alma mater. The Chancellor of UCSB walked over to us…   Keep reading »

  • San Diego in Words

    Posted on June 19th, 2004 in Quintet, Tour | 0

    While I’m writing this post on my Dell Laptop, I am listening to the show. Actually, if I look to the left, I can see the show from my hotel room balcony. We are staying at Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn and Suites. Some hotels have views of the skyline or ocean. This one has the view of the Wynton Marsalis Quintet. The show opened with Peter Cincote, a jazz combo. He was funny in introducing a song. “If there’s something all Germans like to say…” Then he started to sing, “I love Paris in the springtime.” Some…   Keep reading »

  • San Diego in Quotes

    Posted on June 19th, 2004 in Quintet, Tour | 0

    “Hard to put into words. Awe inspiring. I know Wynton is talented but Eric Lewis is a nationwide talent. I’m glad all the young musicians can shine.” —Kurt, Coronado “Great! Smooth in the upper and middle registers.” —Mark, Bloomington “Outstanding.” —Cameron, San Diego What’s your quote?   Keep reading »

  • San Diego in Pictures

    Posted on June 19th, 2004 in Photo, Quintet, Tour | 0

    I’m about to leave for L.A. Here are some pictures to hold you over. Carl Vigeland on the right. He co-wrote Wynton’s book “The Bittersweet Blues of Life.” The venue. The view from my room. Boats.   Keep reading »

  • Initial Pictures & Thoughts of L.A.

    Posted on June 19th, 2004 in Photo, Tour | 0

    It’s true that everyone is beautiful in L.A. I walked into the Mondrian Hotel and got what I expected — simple beauty complete with white linen clothes floating through the doorways graced by the favonian winds. Here are some initial photographs of the hotel. I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to write tonight. It is L.A. after all. And I am young. Wynton throws the football at a gas station while we stopped for gas. The Comedy Store across the street from our hotel. Our comedian/magician Kevin Lee has performed there. Care to…   Keep reading »