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  • Rubén Blades Swings Big Band Jazz And Rumba On New Album

    Posted on October 18th, 2018 in Review

    We all knew vocalist Rubén Blades knew his way around the clave, the rhythmic pattern that propels the Afro-Cuban dance music he’s known for. But I bet you didn’t know he could swing a big band jazz tune with an easy flair that recalls past masters like Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett or Frank Sinatra.   Keep reading »

  • The Transatlantic Collaboration Behind Wynton Marsalis’ New Violin Concerto

    Posted on November 1st, 2016 in Review

    Jazz great Wynton Marsalis, a virtuoso trumpet player and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, has written — wait for it — a violin concerto. As the daughter of the late virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg, I was intrigued and wanted to know more. So I spent an hour with Marsalis — and the violinist he wrote his concerto with and for. (More on that later.)   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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  • The Music of Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver recorded live on NPR

    Posted on January 6th, 2012 in Concerts | 2

    On December 26-27-28-29-30-31, 2011, Wynton and members of JLCO performed the Music of Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City. On December 29th, set 1 and 2 were live broadcast on Livestream. Enjoy the “archived videos”:http://www.livestream.com/wyntonmarsalis from that evening and some “pictures”:http://wyntonmarsalis.org/photos/c/the-music-of-jelly-roll-morton-and-king-oliver-at-dizzys-2011 about the week long concerts.
    Also check out the “NPR recording”:http://t.co/OYwh0ero from New Year’s Eve 2011 gig at Dizzy’s.

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  • Wynton Marsalis performs on “A Prairie Home Companion”

    Posted on April 5th, 2009 in Concerts | 7

    Wynton Marsalis and his Quintet performed on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor at New York City’s Town Hall on Saturday night. The Quintet played three tunes: School Boy (from He and She), Number 8 (from Music, Deep Revers In My Soul), Free to Be (from The Magic Hour). You may still have a chance to listen to this broadcast in your area.

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  • Wynton interviewed by Talk of the Nation and Leonard Lopate Show

    Posted on September 4th, 2008 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    Wynton is giving interviews to the main radio and TV, for the presentation of his new book “Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life

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  • NPR interview - Wynton And Willie: Two Men Playing The Blues

    Posted on July 12th, 2008 in Profiles & Interviews

    On the surface, country music legend Willie Nelson and jazz trumpet icon Wynton Marsalis might seem like an unlikely combination. But when the two came together in January 2007 to perform live at Lincoln Center, they discovered a connection far beyond their admiration for each other’s music. Finding common ground and a mutual love of jazz standards and the blues, they later turned the performances into the newly released album Two Men with the Blues. All Things Considered host Andrea Seabrook spoke to the two musicians about their first-ever collaboration as the two sat on Nelson’s tour bus before an appearance on The Tonight Show.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis’ Sharp Social Critiques Come with Cool Riffs

    Posted on March 4th, 2007 in Profiles & Interviews

    Every decade or so, says jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, he likes to set his social views to music. The last time around, it was Blood on the Fields, which won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in music, a first for a jazz composition. Marsalis is playing the role of provocateur again with his latest CD, From the Plantation to the Penitentiary. The songs criticize hip-hop culture, what he sees as a lack of strong black leadership, and an abundance of “gimme-that” materialism. In New York, Marsalis directs the Jazz at Lincoln Center program. From his apartment just up the street, he talks to Michele Norris about his newest release, why lyrics rather than the trumpet take center stage, and what his teenage son thinks about some of the songs.   Keep reading »

  • Interview: From Marsalis, Jazz Profiles in Verse for Kids

    Posted on November 17th, 2005 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis has put down his horn and picked up his pen for his latest project. It’s a book called “Jazz A-B-Z,” and in it Marsalis shares his deep knowledge of jazz in all its forms with children. Marsalis jitterbugs his way through the alphabet profiling 26 jazz legends through a variety of poetic forms.   Keep reading »

  • From Marsalis, Jazz Profiles in Verse for Kids

    Posted on November 17th, 2005 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis puts down his horn and picks up his pen for his latest project. It’s a book called Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits, and in it, Marsalis shares his deep knowledge of jazz in all its forms with children.   Keep reading »