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  • Wynton Marsalis, Top Tutor

    Posted on October 9th, 1995 in Review

    It’s precisely because trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis is equally comfortable in classical music and jazz—he studied at both the Juilliard and Blakey schools—that he’s so adept hosting “Marsalis on Music,” a four-part music appreciation program aimed at young listeners. It airs on Channel 26 tonight at 8 and the next three Mondays.   Keep reading »

  • Joys of a Primer On Tempo and Tone

    Posted on October 9th, 1995 in Review

    Today’s tax-slashing politicians, all too eager to cut school and other budgets, tend to think of the arts as frills, if not downright tools of subversion. Students in public schools, especially in urban areas, are getting less and less grounding in the arts, and often none at all.   Keep reading »

  • The Pied Piper of Jazz

    Posted on October 8th, 1995 in Profiles & Interviews

    The Pied Piper of Jazz : You can call Wynton Marsalis an accomplished musician, a great teacher or a respected bandleader, but his friends just call him Hoghead.   Keep reading »

  • Kathleen Battle, Jazz Headliner

    Posted on September 14th, 1995 in Review

    What was Kathleen Battle doing as the headliner in the first concert of the season for Jazz at Lincoln Center? She was singing spirituals and lullabies, mostly. In what qualified as a pops concert for the jazz series, she was drawing a crowd to Avery Fisher Hall on Tuesday night (and performing at Lincoln Center after a public falling-out with the Metropolitan Opera).   Keep reading »

  • New Tricks Introduced For a Cause

    Posted on September 12th, 1995 in Review

    Benefit concerts can bring out unusual behavior in performers. Freed from the responsibility of being a sole headliner, they can try new things or team up for one-time-only collaborations, even if fans still yell for the hits. At the Paramount on Sunday night, Pete Townshend played piano in public for the first time; Paul Simon sang harmony with him on “The Kids Are All Right.” Wynton Marsalis, famed for his jazz purism, lent trumpet solos to “You Can Call Me Al”; in the same song, Annie Lennox delivered a verse in a thick Scottish accent, while Mr. Townshend suddenly turned into a hoofer. The concert raised $850,000 for the Children’s Health Fund, which provides medical care for poor children.   Keep reading »

  • The Battle of the Bands, Part Two

    Posted on July 3rd, 1995 in Review

    Silence played a big part in the Battle of the Bands, a showdown between the jazz orchestras of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center on Friday night at Avery Fisher Hall. The concert, in its second year as part of the JVC Jazz Festival, featured two orchestras at their peak.   Keep reading »

  • Bill Cosby Leads Benefit For Jazz at Lincoln Center

    Posted on June 2nd, 1995 in Review

    One thing Lincoln Center’s benefit for its jazz program at Avery Fisher Hall on Wednesday night proved was that Bill Cosby, the night’s M. C., wasn’t to be challenged.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis Officiates As Classical Weds Jazz

    Posted on May 9th, 1995 in Review

    Lincoln Center’s executives have for years been trying to arrange marriages, or at least trysts, between the center’s constituents, and on Sunday afternoon at Alice Tully Hall one of these unions bore fruit. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center collaborated on a program that brought together jazz-inspired classics and improvisations in classic jazz styles.   Keep reading »

  • A Luxuriance of Twyla Tharp

    Posted on May 3rd, 1995 in Review

    Rather than pay tribute to dead choreographers and composers, import guest stars or rush patrons to a dinner where the flower arrangements are as important as the program, American Ballet Theater opted for a change of pace on the gala scene.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis dazzles Viterbo Crowd

    Posted on April 24th, 1995 in Review

    The jazz man in the golden suit with the golden horn brought a glorious end Sunday night to Viterbo College’s 1994-95 Bright Star Season. Nothing could be finer than Wynton Marsalis and his sweet golden sound as he serenaded a sellout crowd of 1,100 at Viterbo’s Fine Arts Center Main Theater.   Keep reading »