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  • Jammin’ with the CSO

    Posted on October 24th, 1999 in Review

    From the moment Daniel Barenboim stepped up to the podium, it was clear that musical conventions were about to be incinerated. Rather than pick up his baton and signal a downbeat for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as he does each week in Symphony Center, the maestro turned around, faced the audience and began to speak directly to the crowd.   Keep reading »

  • Sonic pleasures - Marsalis and Barenboim marshal their forces for outstanding Ellington tribute

    Posted on October 17th, 1999 in Review

    There has been no shortage of Duke Ellington tributes this year, but few have marshaled quite so many resources - or used them as ingeniously - as the program in Symphony Center this week.   Keep reading »

  • Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra: Live in Swing City Swingin’ With The Duke

    Posted on August 26th, 1999 in Review

    What a responsibility, what an inspiring challenge, what an honor it is to have the opportunity to replicate and help preserve the greatest body of music America has yet given to the world! Intimidating and awesome, to be sure, but that is exactly what the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra has undertaken in its endeavor to keep the majesty of Duke Ellington’s music alive. Although sometimes assailed for a perceived conservatism by those who equate anarchy and iconoclasm with esthetic quality or “progress,” the LCJO is actually maintaining an honorable and ancient tradition, as exemplified by man’s innate need to revere and perpetuate by ritual the memory of his ancestors.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis Swings Aboard His ‘Big Train’

    Posted on August 18th, 1999 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis apparently wants to begin the New Year with a new slate. In the latter half of this year, no fewer than eight albums bearing the name of the Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter and composer will reach stores under the banner of “Swinging Into the 21st.”   Keep reading »

  • Homage to the Duke

    Posted on July 1st, 1999 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis, they say, is somewhat exasperated by his reputation for proselytising seriousness and would like the world to know him more as a man with a mission who nevertheless knows how to have a good time.   Keep reading »

  • Maybe jazz can’t go home again

    Posted on May 13th, 1999 in Review

    If jazz is America’s classical music, why aren’t there more groups like the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra?   Keep reading »

  • Ellington: The Keys To a Life

    Posted on May 12th, 1999 in Review

    Toward the beginning of “Swingin’ With Duke,” Wynton Marsalis suggests that “when you start to play Duke Ellington’s music, you start to feel how he lived in the world.”   Keep reading »

  • An Ellington of Short Takes

    Posted on February 27th, 1999 in Review

    The career of Duke Ellington is wonderfully logical; each successive step brings more resources to the music, so that it becomes richer and more varied, sometimes in surprising ways.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis cheers blue Russia Music

    Posted on October 7th, 1998 in Review

    “And the other,” said Marsalis, “is swing. Swing is the sound of a group of people working together, talking to each other, trying to coordinate.” The audience burst into applause, because they were hanging on every word Marsalis had to say, but this was the crux of it.   Keep reading »

  • A Jazz Success Story With a Tinge of the Blues: At Lincoln Center, Defining the Canon Draws Fire

    Posted on September 22nd, 1998 in Profiles & Interviews

    The scene at the Supper Club on West 47th Street seemed to evoke the glory days of jazz—an ebullient swing band playing classic Ellington tunes as dancers in period costumes rocketed around the dance floor.   Keep reading »