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  • 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 »

  • UC Jazz Festival a sensational show

    Posted on May 31st, 1983 in Review

    THE SECOND of two long, afternoon concerts that constituted the 17th Annual UC-Berkeley Jazz Festival’s Greek Theater shows wound down at 7:15 last night with VSOP II leaving the stage after a 75-minute set while the crowd cheered for more.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis jazz is marvelous

    Posted on March 7th, 1983 in Review

    In the resurgent wave of jazz that is sweeping the country, and particularly this city, one could accurately consider trumpeter Wynton Marsalis a standard-bearer. In two performances at the Civic Center’s Isthmus Theater Sunday night, Marsalis showed that standard to be of exceptionally high quality.   Keep reading »

  • Modern New Orleans

    Posted on August 23rd, 1982 in Review

    At the Public Theater’s New Orleans-New York jazz concerts on Friday and Saturday, the wind players strolled onto the stage to begin solos, offstage to end them. It was a subtle but direct reminder of the connection between this sextet and the marches and street parades that lend so much New Orleans music its syncopated strut - a tradition that came through the modern harmonies of the sextet’s compositions.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis supreme on first disc

    Posted on December 29th, 1981 in Review

    It’s been almost two decades since anyone has electrified the inner circle of the jazz world as much as a young trumpet player from New Orleans named Wynton Marsalis. And a lot of fans are hoping that his prodigious talent can help lift the music ơut of its current depressed state.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz tonight, pop tomorrow.

    Posted on June 30th, 1981 in Review

    The next installment of Herbie Hancock’s multifaceted recording career will be “Magic Windows,” an album due in September that will be, he said before last night’s show at Berklee Performance Center, a foray into “pop and rhythm and blues.”   Keep reading »