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  • Decades-old Louis Armstrong recording unearthed

    Posted on April 27th, 2012 in TV show | 1

    In 1971, not long before his death at age 69, the great Louis Armstrong—“Pops,” to his friends—played at the National Press Club in Washington. It was his last public trumpet performance, and it was recorded by CBS. A few hundred copies were made—then it was pretty much forgotten. Now the recording has been re-discovered and it’s being released. CBS News cultural correspondent and jazz great Wynton Marsalis gave it a listen.   Keep reading »

  • Our brother Ellis “commanded” the stage

    Posted on June 17th, 2009 in Award | 6

    The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival presented my father with a lifetime achievement award on Monday night. The festival touches all corners of Washington, DC from the spacious outside mall to small neighborhood restaurants and clubs and the venerated concert stages of the Kennedy Center. Almost our entire family was there, all the brothers, wives and children. We were determined to put aside all familial dysfunction and make a concerted effort to show how much genuine love and respect we have for both our parents. The concert went much better than it had any right to. We told stories about growing…   Keep reading »

  • White House Music Series Begins with Jazz Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama

    Posted on June 11th, 2009 in Concerts | 18

    First Lady Michelle Obama will introduce the White House Music Series which will feature artists of all ages who will perform, educate and interact with young people. The series will begin with the Jazz Studio on Monday followed by country and classical music events this summer and fall. On Monday, June 15th, 150 students will participate in classes led by jazz experts including Wynton, Branford and Ellis Marsalis. They will then attend a concert featuring jazz greats, Paquito D’Rivera and child protégés Tony Madruga with his ensemble… Jazz at Lincoln Center is honored to participate with Mrs. Michelle…   Keep reading »

  • Video: Nancy Hanks Lecture at Kennedy Center

    Posted on April 10th, 2009 in Video | 10

    On March 30, 2009, Wynton Marsalis dazzled and inspired his audience with a moving lecture mixed with performance titled The Ballad of the American Arts. The 22nd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy was presented to a capacity crowd at the Kennedy Center on the eve of Arts Advocacy Day. Wynton’s lecture addressed the essential value of culture in the recalibration of American identity. After two standing ovations Marsalis wrapped up the evening with a lively performance with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (Chris Crenshaw, trombone; Victor Goines, saxophone; Carlos Henriquez, bass; Ali Jackson, drums; and Dan Nimmer, piano).   Keep reading »

  • Wynton speaks before a Congressional Committee

    Posted on March 31st, 2009 in Video | 0

    On March 31, 2009, Arts Advocacy Day, Americans for the Arts gathered a panel of acclaimed artists and experts to call on Congress for continuing and additional support and funding for the arts and arts education in America. This hearing, entitled “The Arts = Jobs,” focused on congressional support of strong public policies for the arts, appropriating increased public funding for the arts and supporting arts workers. Josh Groban and Wynton Marsalis were among the artists who testified before a Congressional Committee to champion the benefits of arts and arts education.   Keep reading »

  • Video: Wynton and Sandra Day O’Connor discuss jazz music and government

    Posted on February 9th, 2009 in Video | 5

    Last January, at JALC, Wynton and The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor filmed short clips discussing the relationship between the U.S. government and jazz music. The result was broadcast on Martin Luther King Day during Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Let Freedom Swing!” concert in Washington D.C., on January 19, 2009. Following you can watch the clips, entitled: Democracy, Unity and American Art… Democracy Unity American Art   Keep reading »

  • Wynton played for President Obama at White House

    Posted on January 21st, 2009 in Photo, Video | 27

    On Tuesday, January 20, 2009, the Wynton Marsalis Quintet played at the White House for President Barack Obama and 100 of his guests during a private party celebrating his inauguration. Click “Read more” to see pictures of Wynton with President Obama and others from the party.   Keep reading »

  • Slate of performers for “A Celebration of America”

    Posted on January 13th, 2009 in Concerts | 15

    JALC and The Rockefeller Foundation today announced the full slate of performers that will take part in “A Celebration Of America” in the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater on the occasion of the Presidential Inauguration and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 19, 2009 at 7 p.m. Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance have been confirmed as hosts. The following artists have been confirmed: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bela Fleck, Cassandra Wilson, Chorale Le Chateau of New York City conducted by Damien Sneed, Dave Brubeck, Dianne Reeves, Don Vappie, Dr. Michael White, Foxborough (MA) High School Jazz Ensemble, Francesco…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton and Sandra Day O’Connor to Lead “A Celebration of America”

    Posted on January 1st, 2009 in Concerts | 7

    Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Rockefeller Foundation will present “A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA” in the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater on the occasion of the Presidential Inauguration and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 19, 2009 live on CNN at 7 p.m. The evening’s program will look back on the life of one of the greatest of all Americans, and forward to a new era under a new President. An all-star cast will illustrate that American democracy and America’s music – jazz – share the same tenets and embody the same potential for change, hope and renewal, which Dr.…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton to perform at TransAfrica Forum Gala

    Posted on November 28th, 2008 in Benefit | 1

    On December 3, 2008, Wyton and his Quintet will perform at TransAfrica Forum Gala in Washington, DC. The concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC (400 New Jersey Avenue, NW). TransAfrica Forum, Inc. serves as an educational and organizing center that encourages progressive viewpoints in the United States foreign policy arena and advocates justice for the people of Africa and the African Diaspora.   Keep reading »