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  • For Wynton Marsalis, forgetting the roots of jazz is forgetting the history of race in America

    Posted on January 12th, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    JALC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and Marsalis is showing no signs of slowing down. He has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind on the record as well as on issues of race. He won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for his jazz oratorio Blood on the Fields, which deals with slavery, and the content from his 2007 album From the Plantation to the Penitentiary is self-explanatory.   Keep reading »

  • Aspen Ideas Festival closes on a high note

    Posted on July 5th, 2015 in Review | 2

    The Greenwald Pavilion was nearly filled to capacity on Saturday as Aspen Ideas patrons watched Jon Batiste and Wynton Marsalis take the stage at the final discussion of the week-long festival.   Keep reading »

  • On Martin Luther King’s Legacy

    Posted on January 16th, 2012 in Video | 11

    On Monday January 16, 2012 Wynton appeared on CBS This Morning to premiere his remembrance piece on Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • Marsalis shoots straight from the lip

    Posted on March 12th, 2007 in Profiles & Interviews

    It’s only a few seconds, but silence is not what you expect from jazz’s outspoken and charismatic ambassador, better known for what he says than what he plays.
    Nor was it his typical mien during the Star’s brief afternoon backstage visit to the trumpeter-composer’s dressing room at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Manhattan headquarters.

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  • Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz Rage

    Posted on March 19th, 1995 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis, the premier jazz figure of his time, leans against his black baby grand, lovingly explaining the life and legacy of Louis Armstrong to a Brazilian TV crew. The interview was supposed to have ended half an hour ago, but Marsalis waves off his publicist. He is hard into Teacher Wynton mode now, tracing Armstrong year by year from New Orleans to a Chicago ballroom.   Keep reading »