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  • Marsalis: The Jazz Missionary

    Posted on December 29th, 1991 in Profiles & Interviews

    A decade ago, the doomsayers were proclaiming the death of jazz. In a music world saturated with rock cliches, in a marketplace newly dominated by musically unsophisticated teenagers, the cynics argued that jazz had no place.   Keep reading »

  • Blues Alley Cat Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on December 13th, 1991 in Profiles & Interviews

    WYNTON MARSALIS has enjoyed an unusual relationship with the Blues Alley nightclub over the years. Not only has the jazz trumpeter recorded a live album there and conducted numerous workshops with the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra, but he continues to play in the Georgetown club every December even though he now has the commercial clout to headline at Wolf Trap and other theaters.   Keep reading »

  • A Veritable Feast of Music for Christmas

    Posted on December 11th, 1991 in Review

    The holiday pattern is by now familiar. While the networks gorge themselves on Christmas movies, public television sings itself hoarse with music specials. Anything with Luciano Pavarotti, apparently, is considered fail-safe.   Keep reading »

  • 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 »