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  • Shows Why He’s Up For Grammys

    Posted on February 27th, 1984 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis, the only musician to be nominated for awards in the areas of both jazz and classical in the history of the Grammys, proved to a standing-room-only crowd at the Sheldon Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, evening that his jazz nominations were richly deserved.   Keep reading »

  • Young trumpet sensation sharpens rough edges

    Posted on February 7th, 1984 in Review

    It’s Grammy Awards Time - when the music industry recognizes “deserving” artists.  Or in other words, when it pays glowing tributes to artists who attract the largest audience and pull in the biggest bucks.   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 »

  • 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 »

  • An Evening Of Jazz Possessed

    Posted on June 20th, 1983 in Review

    Never have such prodigious talents impressed so few at a Robert Mondavi Summer Jazz F estival event. Five jazz geniuses – billed as VSOP II – assembled here to kick off the 14th annual jazz series Sunday night.   Keep reading »

  • Sonny Rollins Meets Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on June 5th, 1983 in Review

    The meeting of the saxophonist Sonny Rollins and the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis finally came to pass Friday night at the Beacon Theater, and it was worth the wait. The concert was originally scheduled last month at Town Hall, but that show got off to a false start when Mr. Rollins fainted early in the first set, shortly after he first locked horns with Mr. Marsalis. It was rescheduled, and ticket holders were offered a choice of refunds or new tickets for the Beacon Theater show.   Keep reading »