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  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra review: Wynton Marsalis and friends take on ‘Jazz Ambassadors’

    Posted on November 16th, 2019 in Review

    You rarely see Orchestra Hall as packed as it was on Friday night, even the terrace seating behind the stage jammed with listeners. But that’s become a kind of norm for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which long ago made Orchestra Hall a “second home,” in the words of JALC managing and artistic director Wynton Marsalis.   Keep reading »

  • Music Institute of Chicago Gala to Honor Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on February 8th, 2019 in News

    The Music Institute of Chicago hosts its 2019 Anniversary Gala on Monday, May 20 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Street, celebrating its history as one of the largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. The festive evening will be highlighted by the presentation of the Dushkin Award to acclaimed jazz trumpet player, bandleader, composer, and educator Wynton Marsalis.   Keep reading »

  • Having Fun and Learning Straight from the Masters

    Posted on October 16th, 2017 in

    When Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra come to the Symphony Center, you make a point to see them.  They are dynamic and masters at their craft.  If your kids are uninterested and don’t want to attend a jazz show, don’t worry.  Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra have something to bridge the gap.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis and JLCO celebrate Morton and Lewis

    Posted on October 15th, 2017 in Review

    Let no one doubt that Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra aim to educate as well as entertain. That much was inescapable from their residency over the weekend in Orchestra Hall, where Marsalis and friends kicked off Symphony Center’s jazz series with rigorous examinations of the work of two jazz giants.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrate 30 years of spreading the music

    Posted on October 3rd, 2017 in Profiles & Interviews

    When Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra swing into Chicago next week, they won’t just be kicking off a three-concert residency in Orchestra Hall. They’ll also be celebrating two landmark anniversaries: 25 years since the band made its Chicago debut on that same stage (in a far-reaching program celebrating the music of Duke Ellington) and 30 years since Jazz at Lincoln Center began to emerge as an institution.   Keep reading »

  • Radical ideas reap rewards as CSO, Jazz at Lincoln Center mingle

    Posted on March 4th, 2017 in Review

    What happens when two great orchestras — one jazz, one classical — share a stage and a score? Previously unencountered sounds can occur, as they did in abundance Friday night in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, where the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra appeared en masse.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis and JLCO play marathon, with a little help from Basie

    Posted on January 24th, 2016 in Review

    It was billed as a “Battle Royale,” but the matchup between the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Count Basie Orchestra on Saturday night turned out to be more love fest than cutting contest.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis and JALC concert at Chicago Orchestra Hall

    Posted on March 29th, 2014 in Review

    There’s a palpable sense of occasion in the air when the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra returns to Orchestra Hall, and you feel it as soon as you walk into the room.

    The presence of so many listeners seated on stage around the band, crowding the terrace area behind it and filling every remaining seat in the house distinguishes this event from most concerts in the grand old venue. Major performances unfold here many nights a week, in other words, but Chicagoans turn these JALC appearances – led by the band’s music director, Wynton Marsalis – into something of a civic occasion.

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  • Wynton Marsalis’ JLCO at Chicago Symphony Center

    Posted on June 23rd, 2013 in Review

    Is it possible that a quarter century has passed since the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra was created?
    Apparently so, for the mighty ensemble played the Chicago stop on its 25th anniversary tour Friday night at Symphony Center, a capacity audience crowding Orchestra Hall, including stage seating.

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  • Wynton Marsalis plays homage to Von Freeman

    Posted on August 31st, 2012 in Review

    Just moments after Wynton Marsalis took the stage of Orchestra Hall on Tuesday night he addressed a subject on many people’s minds: Chicago tenor saxophonist Von Freeman, who died earlier this month at age 88.
    “He was a legend,” Marsalis told a crowded house, while a memorial service for Freeman was being held across town, at Christ Universal Temple, on South Ashland Avenue.

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