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  • A Jazz Success Story With a Tinge of the Blues: At Lincoln Center, Defining the Canon Draws Fire

    Posted on September 22nd, 1998 in Profiles & Interviews

    The scene at the Supper Club on West 47th Street seemed to evoke the glory days of jazz—an ebullient swing band playing classic Ellington tunes as dancers in period costumes rocketed around the dance floor.   Keep reading »

  • Interview with Wynton Marsalis Musical Director, trumpet

    Posted on July 1st, 1998 in Profiles & Interviews

    Really, soloing is just like talking. You don’t know exactly what you’re going to say but you have an idea and then, as it starts to come out of your mouth, you start to organize it. You even organize the sound of a sentence as you go along. You give, you take some and you give some. And even when you’re listening to somebody, you’re waiting for the time for them to stop, or even if they don’t stop, you’re waiting for a certain moment.   Keep reading »

  • Imaginary Jazz Encounters The Real Thing

    Posted on May 11th, 1998 in Review

    Stravinsky’s ‘‘Histoire du Soldat’’ is not the modest theater piece it first appears to be. Its newness, or better its anti-oldness, encapsulates more or less everything 20th-century composers have ever tried to do.   Keep reading »

  • The Devil Is in Details of ‘Soldier,’ ‘Fiddler’ Tales

    Posted on May 5th, 1998 in Review

    It was a winter of rains and floods. But Royce Hall was full for a performance of Stravinsky’s “Histoire du Soldat” (Soldier’s Tale). The concert began an hour late because the trombonist was stranded on a flooded street.   Keep reading »

  • The Classical Wynton Marsalis Turns Up Again

    Posted on May 3rd, 1998 in Profiles & Interviews

    ‘MAN, that’s hard to play,’’ the trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis said recently. ‘‘That’s what goes through the minds of trumpet players when they hear it.’’ Mr. Marsalis, the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, was speaking of a piece outside his usual domain, Stravinsky’s 1918 masterpiece ‘‘L’Histoire du Soldat’’ (’‘The Soldier’s Tale’‘).   Keep reading »

  • The downside of Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on April 24th, 1998 in Profiles & Interviews

    On Tuesday, April 28, Wynton Marsalis will appear at the Wisconsin Union Theater to perform one of his new compositions and Igor Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. When he does, you’ll hear his fans talk about what a genius he is, making comments about his mastery of jazz and classical forms—a real Renaissance man.   Keep reading »

  • Big Band, Big Premiere, Big Tour, Big Marsalis

    Posted on March 21st, 1998 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra have spent the last several months touring the world, and on Thursday night at Alice Tully Hall, over several hours of technically perfect playing, it showed. Mr. Marsalis and the orchestra, who will be performing again tonight as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center, were completely at ease moving through difficult music; the sharp juxtapositions Mr. Marsalis throws around in his pieces were never forced, and horn and percussion riffs were tossed in the air with the precision of a piece of industrial equipment stamping out a metal part. And at least one musician nodded off to sleep.   Keep reading »

  • A Mixed Marriage of Ghosts and Jazz

    Posted on February 10th, 1998 in Review

    Zhongmei Li specializes in the merging of styles that range from the traditional dances she learned in her native China to the Western modern dance she studied in New York. In her new ‘‘Portrait Enchantress,’’ the centerpiece of a program presented by the Zhongmei Dance Company on Saturday night at the Brooklyn Center at Brooklyn College, Ms. Li pushes that goal to the limits.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz musician of the year: Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on December 15th, 1997 in Profiles & Interviews

    If everything had gone according to plan, Wynton Marsalis would have taken a long, deep breath in 1997, stepping out of the public eye for a sorely needed sabbatical.   Keep reading »

  • A Tribute to Bechet, With Tunes, of Course

    Posted on November 22nd, 1997 in Review

    Eight horn players sat toward the front of the stage in a neat semicircle, on folding chairs; they shot one another sidelong glances and joked with one another, and except for the tuxedos, they looked as though they could have been in rehearsal. This was the lasting image from Thursday night’s concert at Alice Tully Hall, when Jazz at Lincoln Center put on its Sidney Bechet centennial concert, ‘‘The Wizard at 100.’’   Keep reading »