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  • Wynton Marsalis: Interview by Ted Panken

    Posted on April 14th, 1997 in Profiles & Interviews

    The Reigning Genius of Jazz to his admirers, the Emperor With No Clothes to his debunkers, Wynton Marsalis has attracted public attention and provoked ferociously divergent responses like few musicians in the music’s history. Since his emergence in the early 1980’s as a trumpet virtuoso and composer-bandleader, the result of Marsalis’ choice and treatment of material and his penchant for salty public statements is a public persona akin to a massive lightning rod or magnet that absorbs and repels the roiling opinions and attitudes informing the contemporary Jazz zeitgeist.   Keep reading »

  • Changing the Beat

    Posted on March 25th, 1996 in Profiles & Interviews

    New York’s Lincoln Center. For 34 years, home to the world of classical music. Now there’s a new sound in the house. (music) It’s a new sound for Lincoln Center but not a new sound–like Duke Ellington’s New Orleans Suite.   Keep reading »

  • Don’t play Duke Ellington like Haydn Trumpet Concerto, says Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on April 11th, 1993 in Profiles & Interviews

    As the first musician ever to have been signed simultaneously to the jazz and classical divisions of Columbia Records, Wynton Marsalis is intimately familiar with the differences and similarities between the two worlds. We spoke to him over the phone, during a tour stop in Boston, and asked what he thought about treating jazz like classical music.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s Decade: Creating a Canon

    Posted on December 9th, 1992 in Profiles & Interviews

    Ten years ago, young players in crispy pressed suits were not yet being signed by major labels; Lincoln Center in New York was not yet presenting an 11-month jazz season; the Ravinia Festival near Chicago had not yet begun its ground-breaking Jazz.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton looks at roots of Jazz

    Posted on October 22nd, 1989 in Profiles & Interviews

    Growing up in New Orleans, jazz trumpet phenom Wynton Marsalis took the bubbling local music scene for granted. Now, 10 years into Marsalis’s high-profile career, the music he is playing serves as a reminder of the importance – and continued vibrancy – of the Crescent City’s storied jazz and blues tradition.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis, His Sextet And Some Unorthodox Blues

    Posted on July 14th, 1989 in Review

    Last night Wynton Marsalis played the blues. It wasn’t your down-home, garden variety. Marsalis, a jazzman who went to the Juilliard School of Music, brought to bear his massive classical chops on an eclectic set of material that ranged from Strayhorn to Schoenberg.   Keep reading »

  • Dealing with Those Bluses

    Posted on June 18th, 1989 in Profiles & Interviews

    IN HIS CONCERT performances a few years back, Wynton Marsalis dispensed jazz music like it was cod liver oil. He would make the horn sound spitting mad, then offer miniature jazz-history lessons, lashing out at what he believed were lower forms of music. This is good for you, ignorant swine.   Keep reading »

  • Coolin’ in with Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on June 10th, 1989 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis, a musician without whom it would have been hard to imagine last year or even the whole past decade, explains what jazz is - and isn’t, why under no circumstances you can call Sting a jazz musician, and why Miles Davis is the most tragic figure in Western music of the 20th century, why no one today wants to study the music of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane and, last but not least, why Wynton himself is not planning to record another classical album in the near future   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis adds brassy clauses to ‘Shannon’s Deal’

    Posted on June 4th, 1989 in Music

    Eight-time Grammy-winning musician Wynton Marsalis, who cut his first record at only 18, has at age 27 carved out another facet in his versatile career: scoring television movies.   Keep reading »

  • Trumpeter Marsails personifies jazz

    Posted on May 7th, 1989 in Profiles & Interviews

    TALENT, VISION and determination have made the brilliant trumpeter Wynton Marsalis a provocative figure in jazz, with a productive parallel career in classical music.   Keep reading »