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  • Wynton interviewed by Chicago Tribune

    Posted on January 27th, 2006 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    Wynton Marsalis is the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize in music. He’s got a basketful of Grammys. And he’s become the music director of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, which lands in Chicago for two gigs this weekend.
    So is there anything he can’t do? You bet. He can’t get his kids to stay awake during a symphony concert.

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  • Pulitzer changes put the emphasis on American music

    Posted on June 13th, 2004 in Review

    In American journalism, the Pulitzer Prize towers over all other honors. In literature and drama, it conveys palpable prestige and often spikes sales.And in music . . . well, to put it kindly, the award has a checkered past.   Keep reading »

  • Tunes of ‘Glory’

    Posted on December 9th, 2002 in Review

    Ten years ago, the leaders of a South Side church came up with a bold idea: Engage great gospel and pop artists to perform in a holiday concert, invite the public to attend for free and put the show on TV on Christmas day, so that all Chicago could see the glories that unfold at 63rd and Dorchester.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis, Roberts renew musical bonds in impromptu reunion

    Posted on April 19th, 1995 in Review

    Two reigning jazz virtuosos were reunited in impromptu fashion Tuesday night, and the results were as profound as they were accessible, as technically brilliant as they were musically direct.   Keep reading »

  • A change of key - His Septet behind him, Marsalis takes a new direction

    Posted on April 9th, 1995 in Profiles & Interviews

    It was one of the most sublime jazz bands of the late ‘80s and early “90s, an ensemble so distinctive in personality, so lustrous in tone and so brilliant in technique as to set a standard toward which other young groups aspired.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis Takes Jazz To Church

    Posted on June 2nd, 1994 in Profiles & Interviews

    Years from now, they’ll still be talking about the concert that lit up a grand old church on the South Side of Chicago. They’ll reminisce about the jazz band that dared to offer a three-hour show from the pulpit of a 19th Century house of worship. They’ll recall how brilliantly the seven musicians played, how frequently the congregation sprang to its feet, how often it fell silent during passages of mystery and reverie.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at the White House

    Posted on June 12th, 1993 in News

    To judge by the historic television program to be broadcast Sunday, America’s recently rekindled love affair with its own music, jazz, is going strong.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis: The Jazz Missionary

    Posted on December 29th, 1991 in Profiles & Interviews

    A decade ago, the doomsayers were proclaiming the death of jazz. In a music world saturated with rock cliches, in a marketplace newly dominated by musically unsophisticated teenagers, the cynics argued that jazz had no place.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis and his trumpet get jazz fest rolling on intense note

    Posted on August 31st, 1991 in Review

    Those who still doubt that trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has found a voice all his own probably were not at Grant Park on Thursday night, when Marsalis played a mesmerizing set for the opening of the Chicago Jazz Festival.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis proves to be bigger hit before concert

    Posted on December 6th, 1989 in Review

    We interrupt this review for a public service announcement: Wynton Marsalis isn’t such a stuffed shirt after all. He joshed playfully with a group of kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago at a reception before they went to his concert Monday night at Orchestra Hall.   Keep reading »