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  • Marsalis displays his warm side at jam session

    Posted on September 7th, 1987 in Review

    A piece of Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival history went down in the wee hours of Sunday morning when trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and his band showed up to play at the New Rapa House Jam sessions in the Hotel Pont-chartriin. The moment revealed a rarely seen side of Marsalis and confirmed his dedication to these disintegrating proving grounds of traditional jazz.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis returns

    Posted on August 31st, 1987 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis was only 17 when he first set foot on Tanglewood’s grounds as a Fellow at the center. “It was the first time I had ever left New Orleans,” said the young classical and Jazz trumpeter, who performed at Tanglewood Saturday night.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis Aims for Pride and Purity

    Posted on August 21st, 1987 in Profiles & Interviews

    When I was a child, my music teacher told me I could best learn the names of the notes on the lines of the staff by keeping in mind that Every Good Boy Does Fine. After all these years, I finally am able to visualize that paragon of exemplary musical behavior climbing up the staff. He is Wynton Marsalis, who may be the most self-disciplined jazzman in the history of that volcanic art.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Plays Cornet Showpieces

    Posted on March 25th, 1987 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis’s latest demonstration of classical virtuosity is a revival of showpieces written by, and for, the cornetists who led bands at the turn of the century.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis: Smashing The Stereotypes

    Posted on December 21st, 1986 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis is a taste maker beyond his influence as a musician. You see it in his life style, his personal appearance and his influence on young people, particularly young black people.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis Plus Four At Westwood Playhouse

    Posted on November 20th, 1986 in Review

    The career of Wynton Marsalis has entered a new phase. After a hiatus following the departure of his brother Branford, during which he led a quartet, the 25-year-old prodigal son of the trumpet has returned to the old format by hiring Don Braden, a saxophonist from Louisville.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Quintet has good, bad moment

    Posted on October 27th, 1986 in Review

    The great alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley once said, “Never trust a man in a clean trench coat.” I doubt if he was thinking of Wynton Marsalis, whose quintet played Sunday night at the Civic Center, since Marsalis was probably still running around New Orleans in knee pants when Adderley’s horn was silenced.   Keep reading »

  • A Gentlemen With a Mean Horn

    Posted on September 21st, 1986 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis fingers a cornet. America’s wunderkind from New Orleans is a modest, mellow and articulate fellow, and he’ll be 25 next month. What’s more, his fifth CBS jazz record, “J Mood,” is in the stores, and he’s in the mood to chat.   Keep reading »

  • Review: Black Codes (From the Underground)

    Posted on October 13th, 1985 in Review

    When Wynton Marsalis first emerged as a 19-year-old prodigy in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the trumpeter’s ardent defense of acoustic jazz was heartening. Here was a musician with enough technique to win classical Grammys and enough charisma to land on magazine covers, and he was devoting himself to a tradition whose rewards were more esthetic than financial.   Keep reading »

  • Making music with Wynton

    Posted on September 13th, 1985 in Review

    His trumpet may speak loudly, but Wynton Marsalis, the musical _wunderkind_ who has successfully straddled the jazz and classical worlds, has been spending the week in Rochester so quietly that few know he’s here.   Keep reading »