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  • Wynton playing with Willie Nelson at JALC

    Posted on January 11th, 2007 in Concerts | 3

    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.

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  • Wynton Marsalis puts Seattle jazz kids to the test

    Posted on October 23rd, 2006 in Review

    “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

    Posted on January 13th, 2006 in Concerts

    Explore the meaning and structure of the blues, the foundation of American music.
    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)

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  • 35 Who Made a Difference: Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on November 1st, 2005 in Profiles & Interviews

    “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.

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  • Unforgivable Blackness is now available on DVD

    Posted on January 14th, 2005 in Music | 1

    Unforgivable Blackness, the Ken Burns’ documentary about iconic black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson is now available on DVD.
    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.

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  • Wynton interviewed by the New York Times Magazine

    Posted on October 3rd, 2004 in Profiles & Interviews

    Do you feel personally responsible for the acoustics at your deluxe new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall?
    Acoustics is like a draft pick. Until you get out and start playing games, you don’t know how it’s going to go.

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  • Wynton discussing his book at Kentucky Author Forum

    Posted on February 3rd, 2004 in Books | 1

    Tonight, on Kentucky Educational Television, Wynton will discuss his book: Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of Life.
    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

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  • Photos from the “Blow the Blues away” concert

    Posted on June 4th, 2003 in Photo

    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.
    The proceeds will benefit the hundreds of performances and educational programs produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center each year.

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  • Wynton with B.B. King and Eric Clapton to Blow the Blues away

    Posted on June 1st, 2003 in Concerts | 3

    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.
    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.

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  • Interview with Wynton Marsalis Musical Director, trumpet

    Posted on July 1st, 1998 in Profiles & Interviews

    Really, soloing is just like talking. You don’t know exactly what you’re going to say but you have an idea and then, as it starts to come out of your mouth, you start to organize it. You even organize the sound of a sentence as you go along. You give, you take some and you give some. And even when you’re listening to somebody, you’re waiting for the time for them to stop, or even if they don’t stop, you’re waiting for a certain moment.   Keep reading »