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  • Video: Nancy Hanks Lecture at Kennedy Center

    Posted on April 10th, 2009 in Video | 10

    On March 30, 2009, Wynton Marsalis dazzled and inspired his audience with a moving lecture mixed with performance titled The Ballad of the American Arts. The 22nd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy was presented to a capacity crowd at the Kennedy Center on the eve of Arts Advocacy Day. Wynton’s lecture addressed the essential value of culture in the recalibration of American identity. After two standing ovations Marsalis wrapped up the evening with a lively performance with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (Chris Crenshaw, trombone; Victor Goines, saxophone; Carlos Henriquez, bass; Ali Jackson, drums; and Dan Nimmer, piano).

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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 speaks before a Congressional Committee

    Posted on March 31st, 2009 in Video

    On March 31, 2009, Arts Advocacy Day, Americans for the Arts gathered a panel of acclaimed artists and experts to call on Congress for continuing and additional support and funding for the arts and arts education in America. This hearing, entitled “The Arts = Jobs,” focused on congressional support of strong public policies for the arts, appropriating increased public funding for the arts and supporting arts workers. Josh Groban and Wynton Marsalis were among the artists who testified before a Congressional Committee to champion the benefits of arts and arts education.

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  • Video: Wynton and Sandra Day O’Connor discuss jazz music and government

    Posted on February 9th, 2009 in Video | 5

    Last January, at JALC, Wynton and The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor filmed short clips discussing the relationship between the U.S. government and jazz music. The result was broadcast on Martin Luther King Day during Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Let Freedom Swing!” concert in Washington D.C., on January 19, 2009. Following you can watch the clips, entitled: *Democracy, Unity and American Art…*

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  • Wynton played for President Obama at White House

    Posted on January 21st, 2009 in Photo | 27

    On Tuesday, January 20, 2009, the Wynton Marsalis Quintet played at the White House for President Barack Obama and 100 of his guests during a private party celebrating his inauguration.

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  • Slate of performers for “A Celebration of America”

    Posted on January 13th, 2009 in Concerts | 15

    JALC and The Rockefeller Foundation today announced the full slate of performers that will take part in "A Celebration Of America" in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater on the occasion of the Pre…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton and Sandra Day O’Connor to Lead “A Celebration of America”

    Posted on January 1st, 2009 in Concerts | 7

    Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Rockefeller Foundation will present “A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA” in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater on the occasion of the Presidential Inauguration and Martin Lut…   Keep reading »

  • The Wynto Marsalis Quintet to perform at TransAfrica Forum Gala

    Posted on November 28th, 2008 in Concerts | 1

    On December 3, 2008, the Wynton Marsalis Quintet will perform at TransAfrica Forum Gala in Washington, DC.

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  • ‘Congo Square’ a Jazz Suite of Epic Proportions

    Posted on May 4th, 2006 in Review

    Jubilant, swinging, earthy, romantic, dissonant—“Congo Square,” the new jazz suite composed by Wynton Marsalis and 75-year-old Ghanaian percussionist Yacub Addy, is many things. Tidy, however, isn’t one of them.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton and Art Blakey playing Webb City

    Posted on April 26th, 2006 in Video

    This old video, show us a wonderful group with the legendary Art Blakey and a the young Wynton and Branford Marsalis.
    They are playing Webb City. Enjoy it !

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