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  • A Red, White and Blues Evening at the White House

    Posted on June 21st, 1993 in Review

    Her’s was the opening salvo Friday evening at the White House in a heady two-hour mix of entertainment and artistry. It was one of those magic evenings when the blues in the night met the green of the lawn—specifically the South Lawn, where a large area was covered with a canopy, under which 30 artists tried to encapsulate much of the music’s history.   Keep reading »

  • Joyfull Jammings at The Blue House

    Posted on June 19th, 1993 in Review

    At night’s end, the First Saxophonist contributed a cool solo to what could be a signature tune for a president—“Every Day I Have the Blues.” Luckily, it’s already the signature tune of jazz vocalist Joe Williams, and while a poll-conscious Bill Clinton clearly might empathize with lyrics like “nobody seems to love me,” his presence last night on a stage with several dozen jazz greats was not weary confession but jubilant confirmation of his regard for the form.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at the White House

    Posted on June 12th, 1993 in News

    To judge by the historic television program to be broadcast Sunday, America’s recently rekindled love affair with its own music, jazz, is going strong.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis Soars to New Heights

    Posted on April 11th, 1992 in Review

    Although trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who opened Thursday at the Westwood Playhouse, is one of the most visible and commercially successful jazz musicians, his creative juices haven’t been diluted.   Keep reading »

  • A Veritable Feast of Music for Christmas

    Posted on December 11th, 1991 in Review

    The holiday pattern is by now familiar. While the networks gorge themselves on Christmas movies, public television sings itself hoarse with music specials. Anything with Luciano Pavarotti, apparently, is considered fail-safe.   Keep reading »

  • A Heritage Is Affirmed In ‘Griot New York’

    Posted on December 6th, 1991 in

    “Griot New York” is one of the happiest and most poetic dance premieres of the season. This first-time collaboration by the choreographer Garth Fagan, the composer and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the sculptor Martin Puryear is constantly blessed with a quality of surprise.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis and his trumpet get jazz fest rolling on intense note

    Posted on August 31st, 1991 in Review

    Those who still doubt that trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has found a voice all his own probably were not at Grant Park on Thursday night, when Marsalis played a mesmerizing set for the opening of the Chicago Jazz Festival.   Keep reading »

  • Young Musicians Find A Future in the Past

    Posted on June 24th, 1991 in Review

    The trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who is 29 years old, was the seasoned elder at Avery Fisher Hall on Saturday’s double bill of Mr. Marsalis’s septet and Jazz Futures, an alliance of musicians in their 20’s.   Keep reading »

  • Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, 29, has already released 14 albums and shown steady growth

    Posted on April 9th, 1991 in Profiles & Interviews

    SAN DIEGO — Six months shy of his 30th birthday, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has already ensured that he won’t ever be labeled an underachiever. During a recording career not quite 10 years old, he has released 14 albums as a leader—and that doesn’t count his classical or Christmas releases.   Keep reading »

  • (Most of) The Marsalis Family in Concert

    Posted on November 4th, 1990 in Review

    There’s no generation gap in the musical taste of the Marsalis family of New Orleans. From the 55-year-old patriarch and pianist, Ellis Marsalis, down to the 13-year-old drummer Jason, the hard-bop of the late 1950’s and 60’s is the pinnacle of jazz, and they have led a revival of the style among young musicians.   Keep reading »