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  • 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 »

  • Wynton Marsalis: Smashing The Stereotypes

    Posted on December 21st, 1986 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis is a taste maker beyond his influence as a musician. You see it in his life style, his personal appearance and his influence on young people, particularly young black people.   Keep reading »

  • A Gentlemen With a Mean Horn

    Posted on September 21st, 1986 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis fingers a cornet. America’s wunderkind from New Orleans is a modest, mellow and articulate fellow, and he’ll be 25 next month. What’s more, his fifth CBS jazz record, “J Mood,” is in the stores, and he’s in the mood to chat.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis, Young Lion of Jazz

    Posted on December 15th, 1984 in Profiles & Interviews

    A year ago, even if people hadn’t heard the prodigious trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, they’d probably heard of him. Then, on last year’s Grammy awards, when Marsalis became the first instrumentalist to win “best soloist” awards in both jazz and classical categories, they also heard from him.   Keep reading »

  • The Horn Of Plenty Of Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on October 12th, 1984 in Profiles & Interviews

    It wasn’t Ellis Marsalis’ idea to push bis boys into music. However, he wanted to give them the opportunity to play if they were so inclined. At 7, his son Branford was already playing piano and clarinet. However, his younger son Wynton, who was 6 at that time, was more Interested in playing games than music.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis keeps jazz, classical apart

    Posted on August 14th, 1984 in Profiles & Interviews

    Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is the chameleon of the music world, standing astride the charts in both classical and jazz idioms. But don’t get the idea that he plays a classical engagement and then goes off to jam in a jazz club.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz Swings Back To Tradition

    Posted on June 17th, 1984 in Profiles & Interviews

    THE CROWD OUTSIDE SWEET Basil, on a Monday not long ago, is so large and so eager that even jaded Greenwich Village strollers stop to ask who’s playing inside the jazz club. David Murray and Wynton Marsalis, they are told; that’s why the place is packed. That made several Mondays in a row that the David Murray Big Band drew full houses, playing a stack of new compositions that cut exultantly across the history of jazz.   Keep reading »

  • 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 »

  • A Common Understanding (Wynton and Branford Marsalis interview): Downbeat December 1982

    Posted on December 16th, 1982 in Profiles & Interviews

    Nineteen eighty-two was the year of Wynton Marsalis – down beat readers crowned him Jazz Musician of the Year; his debut LP copped Jazz Album of the Year honors; and he was named No. 1 Trumpet (handily defeating Miles in each category).   Keep reading »