TIME IN with Wynton Marsalis and The Blues: Finding Optimism In Tumultuous Times
For Wynton Marsalis, music and life have been intertwined since he was a child growing up in a family of musicians in New Orleans, including his late father, pianist Ellis Marsalis, and brothers saxophonist Branford, drummer Jason, and trombonist Delfeayo. Keep reading »
Art is About Elegant Form: An Interview with Albert Murray by Wynton Marsalis
From Murray Talks Music: Albert Murray on Jazz and Blues by Albert Murray, edited by Paul Devlin (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). Used by permission of the publisher. Copyright 2016 by the Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved. Keep reading »
In ‘Bessie’ the Empress of the Blues Finds New Audience on HBO
In the opening minutes of ‘Bessie,’ the HBO biopic about blues legend Bessie Smith premiering Saturday, May 16th, the titular character absorbs the warmth of a single spotlight with an air of faint applause surrounding her. Draped in the glamour of the roaring 20s and with a life far from her Chattanooga roots, Bessie never seems to escape the pain of an ever haunted past and like any artist of her time she channels that struggle in brilliant performance. Keep reading »
Jazz as conversation - Marsalis explores instincts, teamwork behind a good performance
Great jazz requires a strange alchemy of instinct and expertise, of empathy and teamwork from its musicians — a fact few know better than famed artist and composer Wynton Marsalis. Jazz is a conversation, but a nuanced, swift, and complicated one, he said.Keep reading »
At Sanders Theatre on Wednesday, Marsalis and a band of all-star musicians both discussed and demonstrated how to achieve that balance in “At the Speed of Instinct: Choosing Together to Play and Stay Together,” the fourth of Marsalis’ six-part lecture series at Harvard that began in 2011. Coming just two day’s after Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, the performance provided a collective respite for the campus.
Listen up, says Marsalis - Master class at the Boston Arts Academy
As many parents can attest, rousing a child from sleep to make it to the bus stop can be a difficult task. Doing so during a vacation week would seem near impossible. But on Thursday, a group of students from Boston and Cambridge happily rose from bed and made it to class. The reason? Wynton Marsalis was in the house.Keep reading »
For an hour and a half the famous trumpeter conducted a master class at the Boston Arts Academy, the city’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts.
Watch Wynton Marsalis Quintet with Lucky Peterson live from Jazz in Marciac
Missed our first Marciac LIVESTREAM on July 31st?Keep reading »
Well, you’re in luck. Join the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, with special guest Lucky Peterson LIVE this Saturday.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra rehearsing Royal Garden Blues
On May 5, 2012, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra filmed an open rehearsal of Ellington’s “Royal Garden Blues.” This piece will be a part of the 2013 Essentially Ellington Program’s repertoire, and the open rehearsal discusses strategies for effectively performing the piece.Keep reading »
Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis return to the Barbican in July 2012
The world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis return to the Barbican for their second International Associate residency in July 2012. Following on from their critically acclaimed visit in 2010, the second residency will give audiences the opportunity to experience music performed by some of America’s finest jazz musicians in concerts, workshops, masterclasses, professional development events and talks.Keep reading »
Live Webcast April 24th! “Ballad of American Arts” at Miami University
Tune in Tuesday, April 24th at 4PM EST as Wynton delivers his acclaimed speech, “The Ballad of American Arts,” as Miami University’s Year of the Arts keynote address. Immediately following his presentation, he will take questions from the audience.Keep reading »
15 Wynton Marsalis Solo Transcriptions for Trumpet
Spanning nearly 30 years, this eBook is a comprehensive study of the evolution of Wynton’s style as a soloist. From his debut recording a leader through his latest quintet release, our intent was to capture Wynton’s improvisational skills against a myriad of different backdrops; fast and slow tempos, different grooves and time signatures and, of course, the bluesKeep reading »