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  • Wynton Marsalis and JLCO to interpret the music of Duke Ellington at Barclay

    Posted on September 27th, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    For someone with sterling credentials — a Pulitzer Prize, nine Grammy Awards, two Emmy nominations, a National Medal of Arts, National Humanities Medal, Down Beat Hall of Fame, 7 million albums sold worldwide, a reputation for working tirelessly with young musicians in countless workshops and master classes — it is rather surprising that Wynton Marsalis only wanted to talk about one thing.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis swings for the fences

    Posted on February 6th, 2011 in Profiles & Interviews

    The ambitious bandleader’s new piece, ‘Swing Symphony,’ is a musical manifesto not only on the melding of jazz and classical but on the cultural crosscurrents that he feels are at the heart of America’s greatness.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl

    Posted on July 11th, 2008 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis describes the big jazz band as “the American orchestra.” It’s an intriguing and, in many ways, definitive identification of the instrumental collective that has been a foundation ensemble of American jazz and popular music for more than 80 years. Like the classical orchestra, it is an ensemble that has served as the expressive musical vehicle for a particular culture—in this case, American rather than European. The performance by Marsalis’ 15-piece Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday night was a dynamic, living color display of the multifaceted meaning of his description.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s concert in Los Angeles reviewed by Variety.com

    Posted on October 31st, 2006 in Review | 1

    Wynton Marsalis turned up at Disney Hall Monday night, leading his quintet of like-minded musicians, backing the lustrous-voiced young singer Jennifer Sanon, keeping his vaunted horn skills in shape. With all that he has to do these days — running Jazz at Lincoln Center, composing, teaching, writing, proselytizing, helping out with the rebuilding of New Orleans — it’s amazing that he still has the time and energy to go out on the road.  Yet it was a modest 90-minute set by his standards — resolutely, obstinately conservative in idiom, basically showing the flag before dashing off to the next gig or project or meeting.

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  • The Devil Is in Details of ‘Soldier,’ ‘Fiddler’ Tales

    Posted on May 5th, 1998 in Review

    It was a winter of rains and floods. But Royce Hall was full for a performance of Stravinsky’s “Histoire du Soldat” (Soldier’s Tale). The concert began an hour late because the trombonist was stranded on a flooded street.   Keep reading »

  • Tapestry in Jazz

    Posted on February 1st, 1997 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis looked uncharacteristically apprehensive when he stepped on stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Thursday night. “I’m nervous,” he acknowledged, looking out at the audience still streaming into seats for the West Coast premiere of his jazz oratorio, “Blood on the Fields.”   Keep reading »

  • The Freedom to Create

    Posted on January 26th, 1997 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis learned plenty while writing ‘Blood on the Fields,’ a jazz oratorio reflecting on the slave era. But perhaps the most important lesson was about himself.   Keep reading »

  • The Pied Piper of Jazz

    Posted on October 8th, 1995 in Profiles & Interviews

    The Pied Piper of Jazz : You can call Wynton Marsalis an accomplished musician, a great teacher or a respected bandleader, but his friends just call him Hoghead.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis Soars to New Heights

    Posted on April 11th, 1992 in Review

    Although trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who opened Thursday at the Westwood Playhouse, is one of the most visible and commercially successful jazz musicians, his creative juices haven’t been diluted.   Keep reading »

  • Playboy Throws a Hot Party at the Bowl

    Posted on June 19th, 1989 in Review

    The heat was on at the first day of the weekend’s 11th annual Playboy Jazz Festival. With Saturday’s temperatures climbing into the 80s under sunny skies, a sold-out crowd of 17,901 at the Hollywood Bowl warmed up to a varied program of jazz, fusion and ethnic music. All the usual accouterments—picnic baskets, beach balls and plenty of bottled beverages—made this the biggest party in town.   Keep reading »