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  • Zuza

    Posted on October 5th, 2020

    A giant in the world of jazz has gone on down the Good King’s Highway. Zuza Homem de Mello (original name: José Eduardo Homem de Mello), was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1933.   Keep reading »

  • Crouch

    Posted on September 18th, 2020

    Reading various articles, social posts, and obituaries that have appeared over the past 24-hours about Stanley Crouch’s passing, I’ve had to laugh out loud at some of them because, as the Bible says, “Death doesn’t get the last word” and neither does Stanley.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s Top Ten: Heroic Cultural Moments

    Posted on August 18th, 2020

    Wynton Marsalis breaks down his top ten cultural moments with a monthly listicle. This month, Wynton shares his top ten heroic cultural moments from Walk Whitman to Marvin Gaye.   Keep reading »

  • Honoring late Congressman John Lewis

    Posted on July 18th, 2020

    I knew and loved Mr. Lewis but Scotty Barnhart was family to him as Scotty is to me. This is his beautiful post in remembrance   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s Top Ten: Compelling Works on the Subject of Freedom

    Posted on July 6th, 2020

    Introducing a new Jazz at Lincoln Center series titled “Wynton’s Top Ten,” a monthly listicle curated by Wynton Marsalis. This month, Wynton shares his “Top Ten” picks for “Compelling Works on the Subject of Freedom” and his annotations behind each selection.   Keep reading »

  • Response to yet another senseless public murder of a Black Citizen by officers of the law

    Posted on May 31st, 2020

    With the crescendo of public outcry and proliferation of opinions and justifiable expressions of outrage by so many experts, officials and popular celebrities, I fear there’s little room or need for yet another person voicing a commonly held opinion.   Keep reading »

  • My daddy was a humble man with a lyrical sound that captured the spirit of Crescent City

    Posted on April 2nd, 2020 | 85

    My daddy passed away last night. We now join the worldwide family who are mourning grandfathers and grandmothers, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers— kinfolk, friends, neighbors, colleagues, acquaintances and others.   Keep reading »

  • The Stories Behind the Songs of the JLCO’s “Rock Chalk Suite”

    Posted on March 20th, 2020

    Back in 2018, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis premiered the Rock Chalk Suite, a piece commissioned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Lied Center of Kansas. As the University of Kansas’s (KU’s) performing arts center, the Lied Center was eager to tell the storied history of Jayhawk basketball, and each of the JLCO’s members wrote a piece honoring a different KU hoops legend.   Keep reading »

  • McCoy Tyner was one of our great American originals

    Posted on March 6th, 2020

    McCoy Tyner was one of our great American originals. His piano sound and style were unlike any other. Virtuosity and virtue, soul and sophistication, tenderness and thunder; all delivered with pinpoint accuracy and concentrated intensity.   Keep reading »

  • About Forms

    Posted on July 17th, 2019

    In 1990, I wrote my first extended composition, _Blue Interlude_. At that time, Jelly Roll Morton’s and Duke Ellington’s methods of constructing longer, more complex pieces were a great inspiration.   Keep reading »