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  • Jazzed up about music education, Marsalis comes to Castleton

    Posted on July 24th, 2015 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    Wynton Marsalis is a superstar in the jazz world: He has won nine Grammys, was the first jazz composer to win a Pulitzer Prize and has even graced the cover of Time magazine.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis debuts a stirring ‘Blues Symphony’

    Posted on February 5th, 2015 in Review | 0

    You can’t accuse Wynton Marsalis of lacking ambition. It’s right there in the title of his “Blues Symphony,” which the composer debuted in its entirety Wednesday night at Strathmore. And that says nothing of its scale. The piece is for 100 musicians (here, the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra), in six discrete movements charting the evolution of the blues throughout the Americas.   Keep reading »

  • The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis Reviewed by the Washington Post

    Posted on February 1st, 2011 in Review | 0

    When Marsalis and his orchestra go to Washington, big-band returns with a bang Who says jazz can’t draw an audience? On Sunday, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra presented a performance of uncompromising big-band jazz to a wildly appreciative audience at the sold-out Kennedy Center Concert Hall. It’s been 28 years since the ever-youthful Marsalis made his Washington debut, and by now it seems clear that the Lincoln Center Orchestra – JLCO, for short – may be his greatest achievement. Before the concert, Marsalis was honored for his work with the Capitol Jazz Project, a middle-school jazz curriculum…   Keep reading »

  • Higher Ground CD reviewed by Washington Post

    Posted on December 7th, 2005 in Review | 2

    Hitting Katrina From Two Directions There are nearly 10 benefit albums with Hurricane Katrina on their minds, and doubtless more are coming. Bring ‘em on. In theory, at least, when it comes to raising relief funds through music, everyone wins.   Keep reading »