Just a Couple of Guys Dressed in the Blues
Willie Nelson was halfway through a flinty and casually gripping guitar solo on “Rainy Day Blues” when everything clicked into place. It was his fifth song at the Allen Room on Friday night, and the bright young rhythm section onstage was finally locking in. At Mr. Nelson’s right elbow Wynton Marsalis shot the saxophonist Walter Blanding Jr. a knowing glance, one eyebrow appreciatively raised. After a somewhat tentative start, the concert hit its groove.Keep reading »
Wynton playing with Willie Nelson at JALC
On January 12 and 13, Country outlaw Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis come together on two evenings in The Allen Room to demonstrate soulfully why the blues should be our national anthem.Keep reading »
Wynton Marsalis puts Seattle jazz kids to the test
“When I tell you something,” said jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, wearing a suit and tie Saturday afternoon at the Paramount Theatre, “it’s with love, like you were my own son or daughter. Don’t take it as negative, but I am going to tell you something.” Keep reading »
Wynton explains: What is the Blues
Explore the meaning and structure of the blues, the foundation of American music.Keep reading »
Wynton Marsalis, in his Jazz for young people concert series at Lincoln Center, hosts a soulful investigation on the form, feeling and function of the blues and its integral role in jazz.
Saturday, January 17, 2004, 11am and 1pm at Alice Tully Hall (New York city)
35 Who Made a Difference: Wynton Marsalis
“We’re blues people. And blues never lets tragedy have the last word.” This is an utterly characteristic statement by Wynton Marsalis, the trumpeter, composer and jazz impresario. He spoke those words in a television interview shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated his hometown of New Orleans. Within days he was playing in gigs to raise money for Katrina victims, including a huge benefit concert, “Higher Ground,” produced by Jazz At Lincoln Center, of which he is the artistic director. It has raised more than $2 million. Bob Dylan once remarked that a hero was “someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.” By that measure, Marsalis is a hero bona fide.Keep reading »
Unforgivable Blackness is now available on DVD
Unforgivable Blackness, the Ken Burns’ documentary about iconic black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson is now available on DVD.Keep reading »
Combining photographs and film footage with music provided by Wynton Marsalis, Burns’ portrait of Johnson clicks on at least three levels: as a biography, as a piece of sports history, and, most important, as a lesson on race relations in the early 20th century.
Wynton interviewed by the New York Times Magazine
Do you feel personally responsible for the acoustics at your deluxe new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall?Keep reading »
Acoustics is like a draft pick. Until you get out and start playing games, you don’t know how it’s going to go.
Wynton discussing his book at Kentucky Author Forum
Tonight, on Kentucky Educational Television, Wynton will discuss his book: Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of Life.Keep reading »
He is interviewed by National Public Radio’s Robert Siegel, host of All Things Considered. The interview has been taped at The Kentucky Center in May 2002.
On air tonight Feb 3 at 10:00 pm
Photos from the “Blow the Blues away” concert
More than 830 people in attendance at the concert and dinner, including Sen. Charles Schumer, Glenn Close, Ellen Barkin, Al Roker, Deborah Roberts, Bobby Short, Courtney B. Vance, Walt “Clyde” Frasier, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller and the Reverend and Mrs. Calvin Butts, the gala raised more than $1.17 million.Keep reading »
The proceeds will benefit the hundreds of performances and educational programs produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center each year.
Wynton with B.B. King and Eric Clapton to Blow the Blues away
B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Charles, and Willie Nelson are among the artists who will play the Blowin’ the Blues Away, a concert to benefit Jazz at Lincoln Center.Keep reading »
To be held tomorrow, June 2, at New York’s famed Apollo Theater, the event will celebrate the U.S. Congress-declared Year of the Blues and will articulate the development of the blues in jazz through narrative and song.