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  • Middle East Meets West by Way of Jazz

    Posted on February 6th, 2023 in Review

    If you don’t know what an oud is, you will by the end of the show, Wynton Marsalis said to a young audience member at the start of the performance. Oud virtuoso Naseer Shamma fronted the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on Thursday night at the Marcus Performing Arts Center for a program titled “Middle East Meditations.”   Keep reading »

  • Pairing of oud master with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience

    Posted on February 3rd, 2023 in News

    As a presenter, the Marcus Performing Arts Center can and should bring once-in-a-lifetime concerts to Milwaukee. Thursday’s night show by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra fit that rubric.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis, Lincoln Center crew evoke class and artistry of Ellington

    Posted on October 12th, 2017 in Review

    Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra offered up an unforgettable concert of creative, tight, thoroughly involving jazz at the Marcus Center’s Uihlein Hall Wednesday evening, Part of the completely disarming charm of this 15-piece big band is the fun they appear to be having.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis on Preserving the Sanctity of Jazz

    Posted on October 3rd, 2017 in Profiles & Interviews

    Scratch a jazz artist and underneath you’ll find solid musical training coupled with an innate sense of improvisation that combines to create the often explosive expression characterizing America’s authentic musical art form. Dig a little deeper and you’ll uncover the rich musical continuum stemming from the origins of jazz to modern day practitioners that keep the musical culture alive.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis, Lincoln Center orchestra make season bright at Marcus Center

    Posted on December 2nd, 2014 in Review

    You know it’s a good gig when you can’t tell if the band or the audience is having more fun.
    Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant and an Uihlein Hall audience shared a great time Monday with the band’s “Big Band Holidays” at the Marcus Center.
    The music, most of which was arranged by members of the band, was miles and miles from the trite pop arrangements cluttering the air this time of year. These were meaty, interesting takes on great tunes, each leaving plenty of room for band members to take solos.

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  • Concert Review: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Milwaukee

    Posted on December 2nd, 2014 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis came to Milwaukee last to give a history lesson. But instead of using Powerpoint for the instruction, he brought along the 17-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as his teaching tool. Marsalis offered background and context for each piece, yet at no time were his remarks dry or didactic. In fact, once the format was established, Marsalis’ brief comments before each selection became a welcomed and expected part of the evening’s performance.

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  • Wynton Marsalis, Milwaukee Symphony president talk about musical outreach

    Posted on December 1st, 2014 in Profiles & Interviews

    Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who will lead the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in a holiday concert Monday at the Marcus Center, has a fan in Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra president Mark Niehaus.
    Niehaus, who spent many years as MSO principal trumpeter before moving into administration, studied music at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts under Wynton’s father, pianist Ellis Marsalis.

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