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  • PopMatters: An Interview with Jazz Master Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on April 6th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    Jazz today reflects the culture, as it ever did. Just like television, radio, and music in general, jazz has a huge array of small, targeted ways of reaching an audience. It seems like none of them will ever reach a huge audience, though, much as a late night satire show on cable or Hulu will probably never become the next The Tonight Show.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis on the Jazz Fest poster, touring & new record

    Posted on March 28th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Trumpet maestro Wynton Marsalis said he’s happy appear in the top center window of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival poster “House of Swing,” surrounded by other members of his musical family. “Paul Rogers is the artist,” Marsalis said in a telephone conversation from New York. “I’ve known Paul for a long time and I love him.” Though, the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City said, autographing the edition of posters was a chore.   Keep reading »

  • Abyssinian Mass’ by Wynton Marsalis Review

    Posted on March 21st, 2016 in Review | 1

    Wynton Marsalis’s new release, “Abyssinian Mass,” is the third full-length work of a spiritual nature by the trumpeter, composer and bandleader. Compared with his epic “All Rise” (2002), the Mass, which uses the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the 70-voice Chorale Le Chateau choir, is comparatively lean and intimate, and Mr. Marsalis’s compositional ideas are much tighter. The work, which was commissioned by New York’s Abyssinian Baptist Church in 2008 for the 200th anniversary of that African-American institution, received its premiere at JALC’s Rose Hall that year, and then five years later it was taken on tour by the orchestra and recorded. It is now being issued as the fourth album from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Blue Engine Records.   Keep reading »

  • The Abyssinian Mass – Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on March 20th, 2016 in Review

    During the sermon section of The Abyssinian Mass, Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III welcomes congregants with a statement that is the underlying theme of the piece: “Everybody has a place in the house of God.”   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ expression of faith: ‘The Abyssinian Mass’

    Posted on March 14th, 2016 in Review

    It’s a theme that trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has considered deeply and often in his career as composer: faith. With “The Abyssinian Mass,” a three-disc set that Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will release Friday, the composer returns to the subject, in expansive form.   Keep reading »

  • Blue Engine Records Releases The Abyssinian Mass

    Posted on February 3rd, 2016 in Music

    New York, NY – February 3, 2016– Raise your voices and lift your hearts as Blue Engine Records releases The Abyssinian Mass by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis featuring Damien Sneed, Chorale Le Chateau and Special Guest Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III on March 18, 2016. The Abyssinian Mass — a landmark collaboration of jazz, gospel, instrumentation and vocals — marks Marsalis’s first original recorded composition in six years.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis gives spirited take on jazz with ‘Abyssinian Mass’

    Posted on October 24th, 2013 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis is onto something big. Again. The composer, trumpeter, bandleader, and all-around high priest among contemporary jazz advocates is accustomed to working on a large scale — in terms of compositional scope as well as ensemble size.   Keep reading »

  • “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration” - Live Webcasts From The House of Swing

    Posted on October 23rd, 2013 in Concerts | 1

    Raise your voices and lift your hearts as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Damien Sneed, and the 70-piece Chorale Le Chateau webcast live only Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration, an historic hand–clappin’, tambourine-slappin’ celebration scheduled to take place October 24th, 25th and 26th at 8PM ET.

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  • Wynton Marsalis Goes Back To Church For ‘Abyssinian Mass’

    Posted on October 19th, 2013 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis is sipping hot tea in a church conference room before the evening’s performance. His custom-made Monette Raja trumpet — with its built-in mouthpiece and black opal inlays — sits by his side. He’s riffing on one of his favorite subjects: the universality of rhythm.
    “That rolling 6/8 rhythm is in African religious music, it’s in Anglican religious music,” he says, humming a complicated pattern and tapping his fingers on his notebook. “In a slower tempo it would be ‘Greensleeves.’” He scats the melody. “Now stay in that time, here’s the African 6/8 ... now let’s go into the jazz shuffle.” More tapping. “It’s the same rhythm.”

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  • Wynton Marsalis Toots His Own Horn

    Posted on October 8th, 2013 in Profiles & Interviews

    Yes, Wynton Marsalis has soul. The knee-jerk criticism of the 51-year-old jazz trumpeter ever since his self-titled 1981 album has been that, while always technically impeccable, his playing lacks soulful spirit. “I’ve never heard anything Wynton played sound like it meant anything at all,” pianist Keith Jarrett once told The New York Times. And so it’s somewhat ironic that this month should see the debut of both The Spiritual Side of Wynton Marsalis (a collection of spiritually inspired works) and Abyssian: A Gospel Celebration, a nationwide tour.

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