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  • What Jazz Is - and Isn’t

    Posted on July 31st, 1988 in Profiles & Interviews

    My generation finds itself wedged between two opposing traditions. One is the tradition we know in such wonderful detail from the enormous recorded legacy that tells anyone who will listen that jazz broke the rules of European conventions and created rules of its own that were so specific, so thorough and so demanding that a great art resulted. This art has had such universal appeal and application to the expression of modern life that it has changed the conventions of American music as well as those of the world at large.   Keep reading »

  • With Hampton and Marsalis, the 40’s and Today

    Posted on July 2nd, 1988 in Review

    Lionel Hampton and Wynton Marsalis, respectively the last active band leader from the big band era of the 1940’s and the currently most publicized young jazz musician, shared a JVC Jazz Festival Concert on Wednesday evening at Avery Fisher Hall.   Keep reading »

  • Devilishly Entertaining

    Posted on April 29th, 1988 in Review

    Igor Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” (“The Soldier’s Tale”) endures as one of the most haunting works in the 20th Century chamber repertory for at least two reasons. First, its startling dissonance and brittle instrumental writing sum up radical musical ideas that were emerging during the years of World War I (Stravinsky completed the piece in 1918). Second, its storyline—which traces the devil’s seductions and the consequences his victims must face—clearly holds universal appeal.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis’s success not a 1-man effort

    Posted on January 20th, 1988 in Review

    It’s easy to hear the music of Wynton Marsalis and focus on the seven Grammy awards the trumpeter has won. But no small part of the horn man’s success in jazz rests on the strengths of his band – and those strengths were more than evident last night.   Keep reading »

  • The Wynton Marsalis Interview: 1987

    Posted on November 5th, 1987 in Profiles & Interviews

    We last interviewed Wynton Marsalis in 1984. Since that time his popularity and notoriety have, if anything, grown and, as can be seen in the following interview, he views his position with the utmost responsibility and seriousness.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis displays his warm side at jam session

    Posted on September 7th, 1987 in Review

    A piece of Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival history went down in the wee hours of Sunday morning when trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and his band showed up to play at the New Rapa House Jam sessions in the Hotel Pont-chartriin. The moment revealed a rarely seen side of Marsalis and confirmed his dedication to these disintegrating proving grounds of traditional jazz.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Shows His Ability As Innovator

    Posted on September 3rd, 1987 in Review

    ACCLAIMED trumpet player Wynton Marsalis displayed his incredible instrumental technique and talent for improvisation in a most appropriate setting Tuesday evening – a nightclub filled with appreciative jazz fans.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis returns

    Posted on August 31st, 1987 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis was only 17 when he first set foot on Tanglewood’s grounds as a Fellow at the center. “It was the first time I had ever left New Orleans,” said the young classical and Jazz trumpeter, who performed at Tanglewood Saturday night.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis Aims for Pride and Purity

    Posted on August 21st, 1987 in Profiles & Interviews

    When I was a child, my music teacher told me I could best learn the names of the notes on the lines of the staff by keeping in mind that Every Good Boy Does Fine. After all these years, I finally am able to visualize that paragon of exemplary musical behavior climbing up the staff. He is Wynton Marsalis, who may be the most self-disciplined jazzman in the history of that volcanic art.   Keep reading »

  • Diligence. The most celebrated figure of new jazz speaks his mind: on journalists, money and soul… and Monk, Duke and Clifford

    Posted on April 1st, 1987 in Profiles & Interviews

    It’s beginning to get like a smokescreen with all this stuff. I wanted to hear a trumpeter, playing jazz and classical music, a great trumpeter, and these days I Seem to be getting a man who talks up a fearsome polemical storm and has his playing shuttled off to some sideline where critics can take it or leave it.   Keep reading »