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  • Marsalis heats up night with one hot trumpet

    Posted on September 23rd, 1983 in Review

    LIKE JACK’S beanstalk, Wynton Marsalis is likely to grow a great deal on any given night. Gifted with a remarkable trumpet technique and a similarly startling musical imagination, Marsalis is, at age 22, already an important artist and one who should continue to develop foe some time to come.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis, Jazzy AND Classical

    Posted on September 4th, 1983 in Review

    THE THING to remember about trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis is this: he is only 22. And the thing to appreciate about Wynton Marsalis is that he seems to be the only one who remembers this fact.   Keep reading »

  • Trumpeting triumph: jazz to classical

    Posted on June 30th, 1983 in

    Trumpet wunderkind Wynton Marsalis, the dapper New Orleans native who beat out the great Miles Davis in the 1982 Down Beat readers’ poll, is not content with the public and critical success of his debut album, released on Columbia last year.   Keep reading »

  • An Evening Of Jazz Possessed

    Posted on June 20th, 1983 in Review

    Never have such prodigious talents impressed so few at a Robert Mondavi Summer Jazz F estival event. Five jazz geniuses – billed as VSOP II – assembled here to kick off the 14th annual jazz series Sunday night.   Keep reading »

  • Sonny Rollins Meets Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on June 5th, 1983 in Review

    The meeting of the saxophonist Sonny Rollins and the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis finally came to pass Friday night at the Beacon Theater, and it was worth the wait. The concert was originally scheduled last month at Town Hall, but that show got off to a false start when Mr. Rollins fainted early in the first set, shortly after he first locked horns with Mr. Marsalis. It was rescheduled, and ticket holders were offered a choice of refunds or new tickets for the Beacon Theater show.   Keep reading »

  • A cool Cat Who Plays It Smart

    Posted on June 4th, 1983 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis, the sensational 21-year-old jazz trumpeter from New Orleans – he’s a cool one. On the night of April 23 during a concert at New York’s Town Hall he was looking directly into the face of the man with whom he was playing music – it was Sonny Rollins, the tenor saxophonist – when the unexpected happened.   Keep reading »

  • UC Jazz Festival a sensational show

    Posted on May 31st, 1983 in Review

    THE SECOND of two long, afternoon concerts that constituted the 17th Annual UC-Berkeley Jazz Festival’s Greek Theater shows wound down at 7:15 last night with VSOP II leaving the stage after a 75-minute set while the crowd cheered for more.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis jazz is marvelous

    Posted on March 7th, 1983 in Review

    In the resurgent wave of jazz that is sweeping the country, and particularly this city, one could accurately consider trumpeter Wynton Marsalis a standard-bearer. In two performances at the Civic Center’s Isthmus Theater Sunday night, Marsalis showed that standard to be of exceptionally high quality.   Keep reading »

  • A Common Understanding (Wynton and Branford Marsalis interview): Downbeat December 1982

    Posted on December 16th, 1982 in Profiles & Interviews

    Nineteen eighty-two was the year of Wynton Marsalis – down beat readers crowned him Jazz Musician of the Year; his debut LP copped Jazz Album of the Year honors; and he was named No. 1 Trumpet (handily defeating Miles in each category).   Keep reading »

  • Darting into the Stratosphere

    Posted on August 28th, 1982 in Profiles & Interviews

    We’re walking up from the downstairs bar at Ronnie’s, and Wynton Marsalis swivels to check my silvery noose. Of course, I tell him where I got it (you think I’m going to tell you?).   Keep reading »