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  • Wynton Marsalis at Louis Armstrong Stadium Dedication Ceremony

    Posted on August 20th, 2018 in News

    Join us as we officially open the new Louis Armstrong Stadium. The Dedication Ceremony will feature Queens native John McEnroe, who won all four of his US Open men’s singles championships in the old Louis Armstrong Stadium. The event kicks off at 11:30 am and will include a special performance by internationally acclaimed musician, composer and bandleader Wynton Marsalis. A US Open Legends Match will immediately follow with John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe, James Blake, and Michael Chang.   Keep reading »

  • To Really Appreciate Louis Armstrong’s Trumpet, You Gotta Play it. Just Ask Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on May 23rd, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    One of the standout musical artifacts to go on view at the National Museum of African American History and Culture when it opens this fall is the elegant 70-year-old brass trumpet from Louis Armstrong. One of dozens he played through his five decades of performing, it came to life when Armstrong played it. “Satchmo,” as he was known, was not only one of the most popular musicians of the 20th century, he also helped steer jazz to a new direction—one of inventive soloing, done with a heart that connected to millions.   Keep reading »

  • Listen to Wynton Marsalis And Vince Giordano: Live In New York

    Posted on January 3rd, 2013 in Music

    The New Year’s Eve party at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola featured two institutions of New York jazz: the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Nighthawks. They count down to midnight with their interpretations of Louis Armstrong’s monumental Hot Fives recordings.

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  • WBGO’s year-end salute features Wynton Marsalis, Vince Giordano and more

    Posted on December 30th, 2012 in Music

    Wynton Marsalis will ring in 2013 on WBGO (88.3 FM) as the city’s jazz station crosses the country on its annual “Toast of the Nation” feature.
    This ambitious show starts in New York and moves west as each time zone welcomes the new year.

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  • Wynton Marsalis Meets Vince Giordano

    Posted on December 21st, 2012 in Concerts | 1

    Musician and bandleader Vince Giordano joins Wynton Marsalis for this special engagement. The recordings by Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five and Hot Seven, recorded between 1925 and 1929, are widely considered to be some of the most historically significant recordings in jazz history.

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  • Video: Wynton Marsalis Quintet live at The Greene Space, NYC

    Posted on June 6th, 2012 in Video | 3

    June 5, 2012. Wynton Marsalis speaks with WQXR’s Elliott Forrest at The Greene Space.
    Personnel: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet); Walter Blanding (sax); Dan Nimmer (piano); Carlos Henriquez (bass); Willie Jones III (drums).

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  • Celebrating the life and career of Phoebe Jacobs

    Posted on May 22nd, 2012 in Concerts

    A memorial concert celebrating the life of longtime jazz advocate Phoebe Jacobs—who died April 9 at age 93—will take place at 1 p.m. on May 24 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York.

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  • Decades-old Louis Armstrong recording unearthed

    Posted on April 27th, 2012 in Video | 1

    In 1971, not long before his death at age 69, the great Louis Armstrong—“Pops,” to his friends—played at the National Press Club in Washington. It was his last public trumpet performance, and it was recorded by CBS. A few hundred copies were made—then it was pretty much forgotten. Now the recording has been re-discovered and it’s being released. CBS News cultural correspondent and jazz great Wynton Marsalis gave it a listen.

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  • Five City “LOUIS” Tour Reviewed

    Posted on September 5th, 2010 in Review | 1

    From August 25th through August 31st Wynton, Cecile Licad and a 10-piece jazz ensemble premiered Louis, a silent film directed by Dan Pritzker. The sold out tour reached five cities and was reviewed by press from around the world.

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  • Two beats

    Posted on August 2nd, 2010 in Profiles & Interviews

    Around three-fifteen on a recent afternoon, the trombone player and music producer Delfeayo Marsalis sat in the control room of a studio in the West Fifties and said to his brother Wynton and eleven other musicians, “We’re rolling, this is Take 68.” The musicians were recording “Tournament Galop,” a Romantic piano piece that was written by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, who was born in New Orleans in 1829. Take 67 had been Brahms’s Hungarian Dance No. 6, also written for the piano but arranged in this case for piano and brass. Both pieces will accompany a new silent film, “Louis,” a fictionalized account of the childhood of Louis Armstrong. When “Louis” is shown, in five cities over seven days at the end of August, Marsalis and the others will perform the score live. They were recording the soundtrack for a CD.

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