Photos and video from the world premiere of Wynton’s Congo Square

Yesterday, joined by members of numerous brass bands from throughout the city, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton and the Capital Region-based percussion ensemble Odadaa! marched into historic Congo Square in classic New Orleans parade style Sunday as hundreds of concertgoers danced along behind them.

Tonight, they are going to perform Congo Square at the Kravis Center in Palm Beach

Wynton Marsalis at the world premiere of Congo Square
Wynton Marsalis listens during the world premiere of the jazz performance Congo Square in New Orleans April 23, 2006. (photo: Reuters/Lee Celano)

Wynton Marsalis at the world premiere of Congo Square
Wynton Marsalis © claps during the world premiere of the jazz performance ‘Congo Square’ in New Orleans April 23, 2006. (photo: Reuters/Lee Celano)

Wynton Marsalis at the world premiere of Congo Square
Wynton Marsalis leads a second line parade before the world premiere of the jazz performance Congo Square in New Orleans April 23. (photo: Reuters/Lee Celano)

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  1. You’ve touched on a very good suggestion. I would be very interested in purchasing live recordings of events such as this and some of the live shows at JALC. I think many fans who come to this site would welcome the opportunity to be able to view the many performances of Wynton and JALC that take place in New York City. It would also be a great way to catalog Wynton’s extraordinary work and preserve it for future generations.

    Sonalii on Apr 28th, 2006 at 6:28pm

  2. Now there should be a movie of this and wyntonand jazz@lincoln center should be in it!!!!!1By the way his staff and management are GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    whitney marchelle on Apr 28th, 2006 at 1:02pm

  3. Jruzy Girl –> emailed the photos to Luigi, I hope they are the right size to get posted!

    Debra Chenault

    Debra Chenault on Apr 26th, 2006 at 9:44am

  4. Greetings!
    Thanks so much to the fan club staff for all of their efforts in keeping Wynton’s work in the front of American culture. I wonder if he’s been asked to be a spokesperson for a leading designer? I love his suits! I look forward to seeing him here in Chicago, on the 16th of June.


    Danielle on Apr 26th, 2006 at 12:37am

  5. I am so proud to say I participated in the second line in new orleans. It was an event I will never forget. The spirit of the music at congo square is something you can only receive at a outdoor live performance such as this one is. when the rythms locked so does the spirit of new orleans. However to see miles and miles of devestation of
    homes and land. Well,i cried all one day and evening.
    even though i was silent the tears just kept coming down.
    Wynton, and all who participated are well no words of greatness to describe I know Maybe someone else knows a word!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Also, Victer Goins at Snug Harbor both nights was a jazz musical moment. I was so very much honored when he called
    me up to sing with himeself included were musicians from
    nicholas payton,vince gardner, marcus printup,ali jackson
    dan nimmer,kanko(bass. To hear native new orleans, singers and all was just a treat. The food is still great as well
    as the jazz and the spiirt of New orleans is still alive.

    whitney marchelle on Apr 25th, 2006 at 6:03pm

  6. Jurzy, I too had a laugh when I first read the caption to that photo. I kept thinking how could the paper have been so wrong. Thankfully it was a matter of enlarging the photo and seeing the information was correct. And yes, I do agree, whether it be casual or dress attire, Wynton always looks dapper.

    Sonalii on Apr 25th, 2006 at 4:35pm

  7. What’s tickling me this morning is the first rehersal photo (attached to news article). The guy on the right side is listed as being Wynton. Well, in the small image, the guy on the right is wearing orange and he is pretty buff. I’m thinking, “gee, Wynton’s been working out…Good for him!” I enlarge the photo and “lo and behold!” Wynton, my dear hero, is standing on the right in a dress shirt looking fit and trim but decidedly not buff! (Though as dapper as can be in the semi-casual arrangement of his attire).

    I hope Debra posts her photos.


    Jurzy Girl on Apr 25th, 2006 at 6:44am

  8. Dear Debra,
    please feel free to send us your photos here at our e-mail address.

    We’ll be happy to publish them here

    Luigi Beverelli on Apr 25th, 2006 at 3:15am

  9. Thank you for sharing your experiences and photos. It is always nice to see Wynton smiling. I’m sure the day was hot, but the music was a beautiful reprieve for the people of New Orleans.

    Sonalii on Apr 24th, 2006 at 10:21pm

  10. I was honored to ‘sneek’ in the 2nd Line Parade and walk right next to Mr. Marsalis and snap a few awesome pictures of him and his band members. I have a particular photo I’m sure he would love see, and I’d love to share on his fan site! Please let me know how to submit this, and a couple of others, and hopefully to share on his site!

    The day was absolutely fantastic, he sounded awesome, as always, and I enjoyed being a part of his ‘world premere’ of an absolutely fantastic piece!!!

    Debra Chenault

    Debra Chenault on Apr 24th, 2006 at 9:39pm

  11. Awesome!

    Hahaha, I guess there’s a reason Wynton’s not a singer, though. ;)

    Nic Rinke on Apr 24th, 2006 at 9:19pm

  12. I love seeing these pictures and keepping up with Wynton via the fan club I don’t get to see Wynton as much as I use to and I miss him very much tell him from his friend Linda in Detroit and his personal poetictess.

    Linda Collier on Apr 24th, 2006 at 3:44pm

  13. Thank you SO much for these! We were there for the second line and the concert, and it’s so great to look back at these images. What an amazing event full of spirit, soul, rhythm, celebration, talent, and hopes!

    Hopefully we’ll get to see and hear more about this important day.

    Thanks again.

    Irene on Apr 24th, 2006 at 9:38am