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  • 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 »

  • Wynton: Prophet in standard time - Downbeat (September 1990)

    Posted on September 10th, 1990 in Profiles & Interviews

    A rainy afternoon in Arlington Heights, IL. – just a mile up the street from the Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame – the photographer and his assistant convert one corner of Wynton’s hotel suite into a studio while he fiddles with his trumpet. Somebody tripped over it a couple days before and one valve sticks. “Do you have a name for your trumpet?” the photographer asks. “Johnson” Wynton replies, chuckles, and adds, “No, not really.”   Keep reading »

  • Some Respect for Jackie McLean

    Posted on August 7th, 1990 in Review

    A tribute to the alto saxophonist Jackie McLean on Saturday night at Alice Tully Hall really began two songs in, with the arrival of the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.   Keep reading »

  • A star too soon

    Posted on December 31st, 1989 in Profiles & Interviews

    BARELY 28 years old but already ten years into his professional career, the New Orleans born trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is regarded by many as a modern master. This is greatly premature; for as good as he appears to be, the adulation of Marsalis suggests a stature equal to the best trumpeters in jazz history, including Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis proves to be bigger hit before concert

    Posted on December 6th, 1989 in Review

    We interrupt this review for a public service announcement: Wynton Marsalis isn’t such a stuffed shirt after all. He joshed playfully with a group of kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago at a reception before they went to his concert Monday night at Orchestra Hall.   Keep reading »

  • The two sides of Wynton Marsalises

    Posted on December 6th, 1989 in

    Two Wynton Marsalises appeared Tuesday at St. Norbert College. One was a natty gent who, talked with his trumpet as he played jazz with his sextet before more than 1,100 people in two evening performances.   Keep reading »

  • Sexy Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on December 3rd, 1989 in Profiles & Interviews

    Call it trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’ “blues period.” In his new album, A Crescent City Christmas Card, Marsalis continues the shift from cerebral to soulful that brought wide acclaim for last spring’s The Majesty of the Blues.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton looks at roots of Jazz

    Posted on October 22nd, 1989 in Profiles & Interviews

    Growing up in New Orleans, jazz trumpet phenom Wynton Marsalis took the bubbling local music scene for granted. Now, 10 years into Marsalis’s high-profile career, the music he is playing serves as a reminder of the importance – and continued vibrancy – of the Crescent City’s storied jazz and blues tradition.   Keep reading »