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  • Wynton Marsalis Goes to Washington

    Posted on April 3rd, 2009 in Profiles & Interviews

    Even a day later, Wynton Marsalis couldn’t explain why he was crying so hard during the speech he gave last Monday night at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. “Man, I don’t know,” he told me. “I’m not really a person that’s effusive. I’m a quiet type of person. Dick Vermeil”—the notoriously teary ex-NFL coach—“that’s not me.”   Keep reading »

  • Wynton and Willie: An Unlikely Musical Pair

    Posted on July 17th, 2008 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton wears crisp suits, reads sheet music and is the musical director of New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. Willie wears crumpled jeans, wings it onstage and runs his concert venue, Willie’s Place, out of a truck stop in Abbott, Texas. So what exactly do these music legends have in common? The blues, of course. Wynton Marsalis, 46, and Willie Nelson, 75, are the two men on the new CD “Two Men With the Blues,” a live recording culled from two concerts they played at Lincoln Center last year.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis and the temple of jazz

    Posted on October 17th, 2004 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis is scheduled to do an interview about Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s $128 million new permanent home and performance space. But the interview can’t get started because Marsalis, who has been JLC’s artistic director since its founding in 1991, can’t stop staring at the temporary stage in the Allen Room, one of Rose Hall’s three sumptuous theaters.   Keep reading »

  • Trumpeter Unmuted

    Posted on October 10th, 2004 in Profiles & Interviews

    Oct. 18 issue - Wynton Marsalis gives a piece or two of his mind to NEWSWEEK’s Allison Samuels.

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  • Wynton Marsalis Gets Kind Of Blue

    Posted on August 25th, 1991 in Review

    There’s a recurring song on Wynton Marsalis’s formidable new trilogy, “Soul Gestures in Southern Blue,” called “So This Is Jazz, Huh?” It is both a challenge and a history lesson. Yeah, the song argues, this is jazz: a system of African-American mythmaking guided by the blues, with a rhythmic chain stretching back to pre-Civil War New Orleans and beyond.   Keep reading »