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  • 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 »

  • Marsalis charms Opera House crowd

    Posted on December 10th, 1991 in Review

    WILMINGTON - Make no mistake, Wynton Marsalis is a serious musician but has a well-developed sense of humor. His sextet edified a full, very respectful house Monday night in the Grand Opera House.   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 »

  • JACK HEALEY talks with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis about the good works of good jazz, America’s classical music

    Posted on November 26th, 1991 in Profiles & Interviews

    WYNTON MARSALIS IS A PHENOMENON. A great jazz musician steeped in classical training, a young man with not just a horn but a clear and articulated view of the world. Last year he played as part of Amnesty lnternational’s concert in the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis Does Jazz, And Does It Well

    Posted on November 14th, 1991 in Review

    TRUMPET virtuoso Wynton Marsalis returned to the Powell Hall stage Tuesday evening, but this time he wasn’t performing a Haydn or Hummel trumpet concerto with the St Louis Symphony. Instead, Marsalis and his talented ensemble of musicians performed two excellent sets of what many regard as America’s most singular contribution to 20th-century music - Jazz.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis’ Trumpet Sings and Swings

    Posted on November 9th, 1991 in Review

    Perhaps as part of his coal to bring dancers back to jazz music, Wynton Marsalis invests everything he plays with an infectious swine. Trumpeter-bandleader Marsalis his septet through a dancing two hour show Friday night at Lied Center for the Performing Arts, then for an encore capped it off with a blistering of the bebop classic “Cherokee”   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 »