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  • 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 »

  • (Most of) The Marsalis Family in Concert

    Posted on November 4th, 1990 in Review

    There’s no generation gap in the musical taste of the Marsalis family of New Orleans. From the 55-year-old patriarch and pianist, Ellis Marsalis, down to the 13-year-old drummer Jason, the hard-bop of the late 1950’s and 60’s is the pinnacle of jazz, and they have led a revival of the style among young musicians.   Keep reading »

  • Horns of Plenty

    Posted on October 22nd, 1990 in Profiles & Interviews

    Miles Davis is onstage, but the young man in the dark blue Versace jacket couldn’t care less. He is concentrating on the one thing other than a trumpet mouthpiece that is capable of riveting his attention to the point of near obsession: a basketball hoop. For some reason, there is a basket in the open backstage area of New York’s Jones Beach Theater, and Wynton Marsalis is pumping balls into the net from every angle. Suddenly, he dribbles out 30 ft. from the goal and announces, “I bet $100 I can sink one from here.” A stagehand snaps up the wager. Marsalis flexes his knees, rises up on his toes and sends the ball arcing through the misty night sky. Swish! Amid scattered applause and shouts of “Aw right!” from fellow musicians, a voice calls out, “Wynton, you are one competitive dude!” The young man grins. “No, I’m not competitive,” he says in his soft-spoken New Orleans accent. “I just like to play.”   Keep reading »