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  • He trumpets mature jazz

    Posted on December 8th, 1991 in Profiles & Interviews

    For Marsalis, jazz means the mainstream from the early New Orleans and big-band sound to ‘40s bebop and the variations on bop that came in the ‘50s. He has paved the way for the re-emergence of mainstream in jazz records.   Keep reading »

  • A Heritage Is Affirmed In ‘Griot New York’

    Posted on December 6th, 1991 in

    “Griot New York” is one of the happiest and most poetic dance premieres of the season. This first-time collaboration by the choreographer Garth Fagan, the composer and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the sculptor Martin Puryear is constantly blessed with a quality of surprise.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis and his trumpet get jazz fest rolling on intense note

    Posted on August 31st, 1991 in Review

    Those who still doubt that trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has found a voice all his own probably were not at Grant Park on Thursday night, when Marsalis played a mesmerizing set for the opening of the Chicago Jazz Festival.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Gets Kind Of Blue

    Posted on August 25th, 1991 in Review

    There’s a recurring song on Wynton Marsalis’s formidable new trilogy, “Soul Gestures in Southern Blue,” called “So This Is Jazz, Huh?” It is both a challenge and a history lesson. Yeah, the song argues, this is jazz: a system of African-American mythmaking guided by the blues, with a rhythmic chain stretching back to pre-Civil War New Orleans and beyond.   Keep reading »

  • Good News in Jazz, With a Big Caveat

    Posted on August 18th, 1991 in Profiles & Interviews

    As a model of how an institution should offer its wares to its city, Lincoln Center’s new jazz program could hardly be better. With the schedule announced this month, the ambitious yearlong program will include not only concerts but also films, educational series and lectures.   Keep reading »

  • Young Musicians Find A Future in the Past

    Posted on June 24th, 1991 in Review

    The trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who is 29 years old, was the seasoned elder at Avery Fisher Hall on Saturday’s double bill of Mr. Marsalis’s septet and Jazz Futures, an alliance of musicians in their 20’s.   Keep reading »

  • The Young Of Jazz: Not All Are Restless

    Posted on June 21st, 1991 in Profiles & Interviews

    JAZZ demographers, if there are any, will mark 1991 as a turning point for the annual JVC Jazz Festival in New York City. This year, the median age of headliners plummets by at least a decade.   Keep reading »

  • Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, 29, has already released 14 albums and shown steady growth

    Posted on April 9th, 1991 in Profiles & Interviews

    SAN DIEGO — Six months shy of his 30th birthday, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has already ensured that he won’t ever be labeled an underachiever. During a recording career not quite 10 years old, he has released 14 albums as a leader—and that doesn’t count his classical or Christmas releases.   Keep reading »

  • Academy of Achievement: Interview with Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on January 8th, 1991 in Profiles & Interviews

    Sometimes I’m thinking about music but its not formulated like a tune.  It will just be something general that goes on in my mind all the time.  Its not organized in the form of melodies, its just the whole type of poetic motion of music.  Music has a certain type of ebb and flow, regardless of the tempo.  Whenever I see myself in a situation where I meet a new person, I wonder what they would sound like in music.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis and Rituals of Jazz

    Posted on December 9th, 1990 in Profiles & Interviews

    According to the media buzz, Wynton Marsalis is one of jazz’s new traditionalists—you know, those nicely-dressed young men who disdain rock-and-roll and play the sort of jazz college kids in the ‘60s used to adore. In fact, the 29-year old trumpeter (who performs in Shriver Hall this evening) is widely credited with having singlehandedly sparked the movement.   Keep reading »