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  • 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 »

  • Marsalis adds blues to his music

    Posted on October 1st, 1989 in Profiles & Interviews

    Dressed casually in a T-shirt and sweats, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis opened the door to his Seattle hotel room during a recent stop on a concert tour that brings him to Detroit’s Orchestra Hall tonight.   Keep reading »

  • Reviving the Sound and Feel Of Jelly Roll Morton’s Jazz

    Posted on August 9th, 1989 in Review

    Jelly Roll Morton’s music from the 1920’s and 30’s sounded anything but antiquated at ‘‘Mr. Jelly Lord,’’ the classical jazz concert that re-created Morton’s music for solo piano, duos, trios and a seven-piece band on Monday night at Alice Tully Hall.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis: Mastering Two Modes

    Posted on July 14th, 1989 in Profiles & Interviews

    Considering the impact trumpeter Wynton Marsalis had on the music scene when he was so young, it might be assumed that he started playing the instrument at about the age of, oh, 2 or 3 maybe.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis, His Sextet And Some Unorthodox Blues

    Posted on July 14th, 1989 in Review

    Last night Wynton Marsalis played the blues. It wasn’t your down-home, garden variety. Marsalis, a jazzman who went to the Juilliard School of Music, brought to bear his massive classical chops on an eclectic set of material that ranged from Strayhorn to Schoenberg.   Keep reading »

  • Playboy Throws a Hot Party at the Bowl

    Posted on June 19th, 1989 in Review

    The heat was on at the first day of the weekend’s 11th annual Playboy Jazz Festival. With Saturday’s temperatures climbing into the 80s under sunny skies, a sold-out crowd of 17,901 at the Hollywood Bowl warmed up to a varied program of jazz, fusion and ethnic music. All the usual accouterments—picnic baskets, beach balls and plenty of bottled beverages—made this the biggest party in town.   Keep reading »