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  • Don’t play Duke Ellington like Haydn Trumpet Concerto, says Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on April 11th, 1993 in Profiles & Interviews

    As the first musician ever to have been signed simultaneously to the jazz and classical divisions of Columbia Records, Wynton Marsalis is intimately familiar with the differences and similarities between the two worlds. We spoke to him over the phone, during a tour stop in Boston, and asked what he thought about treating jazz like classical music.   Keep reading »

  • Young man with a horn

    Posted on March 1st, 1993 in Profiles & Interviews

    A couple of months ago I got a phone call from a writer working on an article about Jazz at Lincoln Center. The program, announced in the spring of 1991, has gotten a lot of media attention. It’s undeniable that Lincoln Center’s giving jazz a regular home has “legitimized” it in the eyes of some cultural elites, including foundations and philanthropists, here in the land of its birth-one of the last places the music has won that respect.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis’s Wit and Anger Evoke Visions of America

    Posted on January 16th, 1993 in Review

    “Jazz (Six Syncopated Movements)” is, true to the New York City Ballet’s habit, a new work for the company that is named after its score. The music is by Wynton Marsalis, one of contemporary jazz’s most popular musicians, and it was written for Peter Martins, one of today’s most prominent neo-classical choreographers.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s Decade: Creating a Canon

    Posted on December 9th, 1992 in Profiles & Interviews

    Ten years ago, young players in crispy pressed suits were not yet being signed by major labels; Lincoln Center in New York was not yet presenting an 11-month jazz season; the Ravinia Festival near Chicago had not yet begun its ground-breaking Jazz.   Keep reading »

  • The Young Lions’ Roar : Wynton Marsalis and the ‘Neoclassical’ Lincoln Center Orchestra

    Posted on September 13th, 1992 in Profiles & Interviews

    Halfway through condemning the electronic jazz-funk Miles Davis played in his later years, Wynton Marsalis stops himself. “Don’t print that, all right?” the trumpeter says suddenly. “When (Miles) was alive, I made it clear what I felt about what he was doing, and now that he’s dead I don’t feel I have to say any more about it.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis fans get sneak preview of new work

    Posted on May 28th, 1992 in Review

    PRINCETON – A large audience of Wynton Marsalis fans filled the McCarter Theatre in Princeton on Tuesday night, not knowing what kind of program to expect. What they heard was the world premiere of a major, evening-long piece entitled “In this House, On This Morning,” a powerful work which is at the same time both pioneering and reflective of the history of jazz.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis trumpets virtues of early recognition

    Posted on May 26th, 1992 in Profiles & Interviews

    At only 30 years of age, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has already been called an “elder statesman of jazz.” It is a label he disputes, saying he is simply grateful to have achieved acclaim so young.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis tries out new works in Boston

    Posted on May 21st, 1992 in Review

    CAMBRIDGE - Consider the late addition of Wynton Marsalis to the Regattabar schedule like the local stop of a Broadway bound show. The trumpeter will officially premier an extended composition, “In This House, On This Morning” at New York’s Lincoln Center next Wednesday, and is using the five-night Cambridge stay in part to test-run the commission into final shape.   Keep reading »

  • Marvelous Marsalis Septet at Kimball’s birthday party

    Posted on April 17th, 1992 in Review

    CLASS SHOWS. Kimball’s East, celebrating its third birthday, presents the Wynton Marsalis Septet. That’s class. “We opened with Herbie Hancock in ‘89,” said proprietor Kimball Allen. “To have Wynton Marsalis for a third birthday is an especially nice present.”   Keep reading »

  • A few words — and a lot of music

    Posted on April 17th, 1992 in Profiles & Interviews

    Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis doesn’t mince words. With him, one-word answers often suffice. His hobby? “Basketball” Ad­vice to young players trying to make it? “Practice.” His thoughts on trumpet great Miles Davis? “Dead.”   Keep reading »