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  • Wynton Marsalis’ expression of faith: ‘The Abyssinian Mass’

    Posted on March 14th, 2016 in Review

    It’s a theme that trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has considered deeply and often in his career as composer: faith. With “The Abyssinian Mass,” a three-disc set that Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will release Friday, the composer returns to the subject, in expansive form.   Keep reading »

  • “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration” - Live Webcasts From The House of Swing

    Posted on October 23rd, 2013 in Concerts | 1

    Raise your voices and lift your hearts as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Damien Sneed, and the 70-piece Chorale Le Chateau webcast live only Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration, an historic hand–clappin’, tambourine-slappin’ celebration scheduled to take place October 24th, 25th and 26th at 8PM ET.

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  • Wynton Marsalis Goes Back To Church For ‘Abyssinian Mass’

    Posted on October 19th, 2013 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis is sipping hot tea in a church conference room before the evening’s performance. His custom-made Monette Raja trumpet — with its built-in mouthpiece and black opal inlays — sits by his side. He’s riffing on one of his favorite subjects: the universality of rhythm.
    “That rolling 6/8 rhythm is in African religious music, it’s in Anglican religious music,” he says, humming a complicated pattern and tapping his fingers on his notebook. “In a slower tempo it would be ‘Greensleeves.’” He scats the melody. “Now stay in that time, here’s the African 6/8 ... now let’s go into the jazz shuffle.” More tapping. “It’s the same rhythm.”

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  • Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration U.S. Tour Dates

    Posted on September 5th, 2013 in Concerts | 16

    Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass, a landmark collaboration of jazz, gospel, instrumentation and vocals, tours U.S. performing arts centers and churches.

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