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  • Trumpeting triumph: jazz to classical

    Posted on June 30th, 1983 in

    Trumpet wunderkind Wynton Marsalis, the dapper New Orleans native who beat out the great Miles Davis in the 1982 Down Beat readers’ poll, is not content with the public and critical success of his debut album, released on Columbia last year.   Keep reading »

  • A cool Cat Who Plays It Smart

    Posted on June 4th, 1983 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis, the sensational 21-year-old jazz trumpeter from New Orleans – he’s a cool one. On the night of April 23 during a concert at New York’s Town Hall he was looking directly into the face of the man with whom he was playing music – it was Sonny Rollins, the tenor saxophonist – when the unexpected happened.   Keep reading »

  • UC Jazz Festival a sensational show

    Posted on May 31st, 1983 in Review

    THE SECOND of two long, afternoon concerts that constituted the 17th Annual UC-Berkeley Jazz Festival’s Greek Theater shows wound down at 7:15 last night with VSOP II leaving the stage after a 75-minute set while the crowd cheered for more.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis jazz is marvelous

    Posted on March 7th, 1983 in Review

    In the resurgent wave of jazz that is sweeping the country, and particularly this city, one could accurately consider trumpeter Wynton Marsalis a standard-bearer. In two performances at the Civic Center’s Isthmus Theater Sunday night, Marsalis showed that standard to be of exceptionally high quality.   Keep reading »

  • A Common Understanding (Wynton and Branford Marsalis interview): Downbeat December 1982

    Posted on December 16th, 1982 in Profiles & Interviews

    Nineteen eighty-two was the year of Wynton Marsalis – down beat readers crowned him Jazz Musician of the Year; his debut LP copped Jazz Album of the Year honors; and he was named No. 1 Trumpet (handily defeating Miles in each category).   Keep reading »

  • Darting into the Stratosphere

    Posted on August 28th, 1982 in Profiles & Interviews

    We’re walking up from the downstairs bar at Ronnie’s, and Wynton Marsalis swivels to check my silvery noose. Of course, I tell him where I got it (you think I’m going to tell you?).   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis supreme on first disc

    Posted on December 29th, 1981 in Review

    It’s been almost two decades since anyone has electrified the inner circle of the jazz world as much as a young trumpet player from New Orleans named Wynton Marsalis. And a lot of fans are hoping that his prodigious talent can help lift the music ơut of its current depressed state.   Keep reading »