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  • Jazz Families Bridge The Generation Gap

    Posted on May 16th, 1982 in Profiles & Interviews

    During the early decades of jazz it wasn’t at all unusual to find fathers and sons playing together in the same bands and indulging in familial give-and-take - mature musicianship and on-the-job know-how versus youthful innovation and first-time exuberance. In the black neighborhoods of New Orleans and the other cities where jazz flourished early, only the holier-than-thou looked down on music as a profession. It was an honorable route out of the black ghetto, in many cases the only route.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis happened to have an ideal role model in his father, the pianist Ellis Marsalis

    Posted on March 19th, 1982 in Profiles & Interviews

    How Wynton Marsalis, keeps his head screwed on straight is beyond me. Such lavish and sustained praise has been aimed at this fine young trumpeter from New Orleans over the last few months that I cannot conceive of any 20-year-old, even one as obviously whole and motivated and self-disciplined as Marsalis, not being affected in a darkly deleterious way.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis: At 20, a master of jazz style

    Posted on February 28th, 1982 in Profiles & Interviews

    It’s seldom that any jazz musician - let alone such a very young, not yet widely known player as trumpeter Wynton Marsalis - gets a page to himself in People magazine. But early this year that’s where Marsalis was, under the banner “Personalities to Watch.”   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis supreme on first disc

    Posted on December 29th, 1981 in Review

    It’s been almost two decades since anyone has electrified the inner circle of the jazz world as much as a young trumpet player from New Orleans named Wynton Marsalis. And a lot of fans are hoping that his prodigious talent can help lift the music ơut of its current depressed state.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz tonight, pop tomorrow.

    Posted on June 30th, 1981 in Review

    The next installment of Herbie Hancock’s multifaceted recording career will be “Magic Windows,” an album due in September that will be, he said before last night’s show at Berklee Performance Center, a foray into “pop and rhythm and blues.”   Keep reading »