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  • MARSALIS: Jazz meets classics

    Posted on February 6th, 1984 in Profiles & Interviews

    LINCOLN Centre, New York City, June, 1983. Wynton Marsalis, a 21-year-old trumpet player was sharing the bill with Miles Davis, a man whom Marsalis had admired at one time, but whose own playing has deteriorated over the years. Davis came out to the cheers of the converted. His band droned through an hour of mushy jazz-rock rhythms while he filled the air with trumpet notes, most of them unmemorable.   Keep reading »

  • Plenty on the horn

    Posted on February 5th, 1984 in Profiles & Interviews

    “I’m gonna be who I am regardless of who I listen to,” says Wynton Marsalis, the young trumpeter who has been setting both the jazz and classical music worlds on their ears with his apparently boundless talent and technique.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz’s monster

    Posted on February 2nd, 1984 in Review

    In sports, they call guys like Wynton Marsalis a phee-nom. In musician’s jargon, he’s known as a monster. One look at him, and you might wonder what all the noise is about.   Keep reading »

  • At 22, Marsalis Gives Jazz Much-Needed Boost

    Posted on December 12th, 1983 in Review

    Not since the emergence of the young Clifford Brown has the jazz trumpet commanded the renewed interest which currently swirls about 22-year-old Wynton Marsalis, who is equally at home in the classical and jazz milieu.   Keep reading »

  • Kathleen Battle Sings Bach

    Posted on December 5th, 1983 in Review

    Kathleen Battle’s concert at Alice Tully Hall last night seemed almost a conscious rejection of the song recital format. There were no French or Italian songs, no lieder, no operatic extracts, but in their place, Bach, spirituals and jazz.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis: Classics From a Tradition of Jazz

    Posted on November 20th, 1983 in Review

    NEW ORLEANS jazz trumpeter Al Hirt used to perform the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with symphony orchestras, and even recorded it with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops for RCA, though his recording is gone from the active catalogue now. Another New Orleans jazzman, Wynton Marsalis, who was 6 years old when he got his first trumpet—from Hirt—recorded the Haydn Concerto recently, and his version is likely to remain a classic for decades.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis emerges full-blown

    Posted on October 7th, 1983 in Profiles & Interviews

    At 17, Wynton Marsalis of New Orleans was a year shy of the required age to play classical music at Tanglewood. Having performed the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with the New Orleans Philharmonic at 14 was impressive enough, but it took more than that to beat the rules and get into the prestigious festival.   Keep reading »

  • 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 »