Wynton on Congo Square at Tavis Smiley Show

On June 20, Wynton appeared on “Tavis Smiley” to help promote his new CD, Congo Square. During the interview, Wynton and Tavis Smiley discussed Wynton’s passion for education as he is the co-founder and artistic director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Program. Wynton also talked about his new album. He described it as: “We are rejoining with the spirit of African Music.”.

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  1. Alright busy brother!

    AS always Wynton is laying it down philisophically, musically and in the spirit of humanitarianism.

    Sound bites aside, I think I heard him say that black people don’t give enough in support of the Arts. I respect and appreciate that generations of Marsalis men continue to give back. I also appreciate that a good seat does not run cheap.

    I have a moderate income and to travel to Lincoln Center would include train fare, hotel and ticket-never mind eating or drinking. I can easily be set back 250-300 bucks for one night.

    I like a good seat as a Princess (lol) but, I look around and appreciate that it is not easy for our people to be in the right place at the right time.Lots do what they can and in my case I just have to suffer the costs at least once or twice yearly.

    I see Alvin Ailey’s troops (took my own child also) , sit in on Maya Angelou or Toni Morrison talks etc. A taste of ones own culture does marvels for the soul. Tgough at a price,our art forms pay dividends in the long run.

    As always Wynton is especially gifted in making you feel a part of something universal. The music is always good but his personal appeal-that sense of being with you makes the experience all the more powerful.

    I always feel like it’s just me…but Wynton’s out there doing it for the good of all!! It’s wonderful that he is able to take as much from the experience of giving as the receiver-emotion runs all the way through his trumpet and manifests itself in the hearts of his audiences and his students.

    I love you

    me on Jun 27th, 2007 at 12:51am

  2. We (My Mom and I) went all the way from Cincinnati to Grand Rapids to see the concert and also see some of my extended family. The Font Row seats brought us ringht into the middle of the action and allowed us to truely experience the greatest performance ever. Congo Square was fantastic and I would love to see Wynton come to Cinci. some time in the future. P.S the CD is just as great!!

    Black Trumpet on Jun 23rd, 2007 at 9:20pm

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