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  • MUSIC; What Jazz Is - and Isn’t

    Posted on July 31st, 1988 in Profiles & Interviews

    My generation finds itself wedged between two opposing traditions. One is the tradition we know in such wonderful detail from the enormous recorded legacy that tells anyone who will listen that jazz broke the rules of European conventions and created rules of its own that were so specific, so thorough and so demanding that a great art resulted. This art has had such universal appeal and application to the expression of modern life that it has changed the conventions of American music as well as those of the world at large.   Keep reading »

  • Devilishly Entertaining

    Posted on April 29th, 1988 in Review

    Igor Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” (“The Soldier’s Tale”) endures as one of the most haunting works in the 20th Century chamber repertory for at least two reasons. First, its startling dissonance and brittle instrumental writing sum up radical musical ideas that were emerging during the years of World War I (Stravinsky completed the piece in 1918). Second, its storyline—which traces the devil’s seductions and the consequences his victims must face—clearly holds universal appeal.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Plays Cornet Showpieces

    Posted on March 25th, 1987 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis’s latest demonstration of classical virtuosity is a revival of showpieces written by, and for, the cornetists who led bands at the turn of the century.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis: Smashing The Stereotypes

    Posted on December 21st, 1986 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis is a taste maker beyond his influence as a musician. You see it in his life style, his personal appearance and his influence on young people, particularly young black people.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis Plus Four At Westwood Playhouse

    Posted on November 20th, 1986 in Review

    The career of Wynton Marsalis has entered a new phase. After a hiatus following the departure of his brother Branford, during which he led a quartet, the 25-year-old prodigal son of the trumpet has returned to the old format by hiring Don Braden, a saxophonist from Louisville.   Keep reading »

  • Making music with Wynton

    Posted on September 13th, 1985 in Review

    His trumpet may speak loudly, but Wynton Marsalis, the musical _wunderkind_ who has successfully straddled the jazz and classical worlds, has been spending the week in Rochester so quietly that few know he’s here.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis, Young Lion of Jazz

    Posted on December 15th, 1984 in Profiles & Interviews

    A year ago, even if people hadn’t heard the prodigious trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, they’d probably heard of him. Then, on last year’s Grammy awards, when Marsalis became the first instrumentalist to win “best soloist” awards in both jazz and classical categories, they also heard from him.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz Swings Back To Tradition

    Posted on June 17th, 1984 in Profiles & Interviews

    THE CROWD OUTSIDE SWEET Basil, on a Monday not long ago, is so large and so eager that even jaded Greenwich Village strollers stop to ask who’s playing inside the jazz club. David Murray and Wynton Marsalis, they are told; that’s why the place is packed. That made several Mondays in a row that the David Murray Big Band drew full houses, playing a stack of new compositions that cut exultantly across the history of jazz.   Keep reading »

  • Kathleen Battle Sings Bach

    Posted on December 5th, 1983 in Review

    Kathleen Battle’s concert at Alice Tully Hall last night seemed almost a conscious rejection of the song recital format. There were no French or Italian songs, no lieder, no operatic extracts, but in their place, Bach, spirituals and jazz.   Keep reading »

  • Sonny Rollins Meets Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on June 5th, 1983 in Review

    The meeting of the saxophonist Sonny Rollins and the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis finally came to pass Friday night at the Beacon Theater, and it was worth the wait. The concert was originally scheduled last month at Town Hall, but that show got off to a false start when Mr. Rollins fainted early in the first set, shortly after he first locked horns with Mr. Marsalis. It was rescheduled, and ticket holders were offered a choice of refunds or new tickets for the Beacon Theater show.   Keep reading »