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Wynton Marsalis: Newark, Delaware, November 2, 2011

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Wynton Marsalis: The Ballad of the American ArtsBob Carpenter CenterUniversity of DelawareNewark, DelawareNovember 2, 2011 A Wynton Marsalis gig is not particularly news. But his appearance at the Bob Carpenter Center was truly newsworthy, as evidenced by the appreciative, near-capacity crowd who came out to hear his stirring fifty-minute lecture/performance. “The Ballad of the American Arts" was his intimate, yet intense presentation that encompassed arts advocacy and education, plus American political, social, and racial history and criticism--all delivered in blues and swing with a combo drawn from Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center ...

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Wynton Marsalis' Swinging Into The 21st Redux

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Sony Legacy has re-issued trumpeter Wynton Marsalis' monumental recorded conclusion to the 20th century, Swinging Into The 21st. Originally comprised of nine albums released between June 1999 and August 2000, Swinging Into The 21st was Marsalis' effort to cap two decades of recording with CBS/Sony. The music was impressive in its variety and creative density. For this reissue, Marsalis' jazz cantata All Rise (Sony, 2002) is included. Composed and premiered during the period of Swinging Into The 21st, it represents the capstone to the series, a musical acknowledgement of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The album ...

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Wynton Marsalis: All Rise

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Originally released in 2002 as a stand-alone offering, Wynton Marsalis' sacred composition All Rise will enjoy a reprising as part of Legacy Records re-issuing of Marsalis' landmark collection, Swingin' Into The 21st. A devotee of Duke Ellington, Marsalis expands on themes and methods that Ellington himself investigated in his Sacred Concerts of 1965, 1968, and 1973 (RCA, Prestige, RCA, respectively). All Rise was originally commissioned by maestro Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic as the last of the millennial compositions of 1999. The composition was the culmination of a decade of Marsalis's musical thought where the trumpeter ...

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Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis, featuring Norah Jones: Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles

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After the success of Two Men With the Blues (Blue Note, 2008), Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles is a welcome inevitability. The addition of the like-minded Norah Jones to the mix is just gravy, properly augmenting a Ray Charles tribute. With the possible exception of Van Morrison, only Willie Nelson exists as the logical heir to Charles' mantle. Like Charles, Nelson's aptitude has been promiscuous, gobbling up and transforming genres previously not associated with him. Nelson's Stardust (Columbia, 1978) became a classic crossover recording, combining the organic features of country music with ...

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Wynton Marsalis: Cambridge, MA, April 28, 2011

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Wynton MarsalisHarvard Sanders TheatreCambridge, MA April 28, 2011 A capacity crowd filled Harvard University's Sanders Theatre for “Music as Metaphor," featuring trumpeter, composer and Artistic Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center Wynton Marsalis. Thursday night's event launched a two-year series of programs by Marsalis at Harvard entitled “Hidden in Plain View: Meanings in American Music," organized by university President Drew Faust as part of an expansion of the arts at the nation's oldest institution of higher education. Billed as a “lecture and performance," Marsalis effortlessly fused verbal and musical lessons the way only a ...

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Biofile with Wynton Marsalis

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Status:Nine-time Grammy Award-winning jazz performer.DOB:October 18, 1961 In: New Orleans, LAHobbies/Interests:“Play basketball. I like to read. I like to play chess."Favorite Movies:“[Pause]...see, it's so many. Let me see if I can...any Hitchcock. Elie Kazan's. John Ford. [Pause]...favorite movies...there's so many good ones...I can't remember the name. It has Andy Griffith in it. He plays like a man of the people that becomes corrupted. [Marsalis calls a friend on phone for the name of movie]...A Face In The Crowd [1957]."Favorite TV Shows:“Never looked ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Moving To Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life

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Moving To Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life Wynton Marsalis with Geoffrey C. Ward 208 pages ISBN: 978-1-40006078-8 Random House 2008

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis' passionate and inspirational Moving To Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life is not only an ode to jazz, but a call to creativity in all its forms. It's a meditation on life and art, and an invitation to live an energetic, artistic life. “I testify to the power of art, and more specifically jazz," says Marsalis, “to improve your life." ...

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Wynton Marsalis: He and She

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He and She is a full-bodied meditation on love and the complexities of the human heart. The CD is a rich offering of 12 Wynton Marsalis compositions as well as a long poem by Marsalis, interspersed between tracks and then read in its entirety at the end. Marsalis culminated 2007's From the Plantation to the Penitentiary (Blue Note) with a poem, and He and She finds him further exploring the marriage between jazz and poetry. It can be hard to balance music and spoken word, but Marsalis does an admirable job: the disparate segments flow easily into ...

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Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis: Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC

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class="f-left s-img"width=150 height=208 > Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC Eagle Rock Entertainment 2008

Singer Willie Nelson, country music outlaw, and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, jazz music ideologist, may well have seemed strange bedfellows when it came to performing together. This DVD of their concerts at the Lincoln Center perishes that notion.

Nelson has long been a singer without fetters. He interprets songs uniquely, his phrasing drawing every little emotion out of a word. Jazz may not have come his way, but that did not stop him ...

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Wynton Marsalis: He and She

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The expansive discography of Wynton Marsalis has covered a wealth of material including the fierce modern mainstream of Black Codes: From the Underground (Columbia, 1985), the three CD-set Blood On the Fields (Columbia, 1995) which won a Pulitzer award in 1997, and some bar-room fun in Two Men With the Blues (Blue Note, 2008) with singer Willie Nelson. Now the iconic jazz trumpeter/composer explores the subtle dynamics of relationship between a man and a woman in He and She, a recording that combines jazz and poetry in a familiar and entertaining package. Familiar in the fact that ...

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Wynton Marsalis with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at the Kimmel Center

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Jazz at Lincoln Center OrchestraWynton Marsalis, Music DirectorThe Kimmel Center for the Performing ArtsMarch 20, 2009

Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra made a return visit to the Kimmel Center with a full-house crowd on hand and an early Spring March wind in the air. Marsalis quickly indicated the underpinnings of the performance by saying, “We're just going to swing." Indeed, the group gave a lively and sometimes moving performance of heated big band arrangements punctuated by Marsalis' light-hearted remarks to the audience.

The first set began with Jackie McLean's intense ...

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Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC

Willie Nelson / Wynton Marsalis Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC Eagle Eye 2008

Willie Nelson has the final word on this DVD, heard over the closing credits, and he nails it: “You know, labels were invented to sell the music. You had to name it before you can sell it. But some music encompasses it all and what do you call that? That's what I like to play."Nelson and Wynton Marsalis were the perfect odd couple of 2008, the CD made of their concert at Jazz at Lincoln ...

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Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis: Two Men With the Blues

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What do you get when you pair a certified country music renegade with contemporary jazz's “keeper of the flame"? When the renegade is Willie Nelson and the jazz champion is Wynton Marsalis, the end result is one of the best CDs of 2008.Two Men With the Blues was recorded during a historic two-night stand on January 12 and 13, 2007 at Lincoln Center's Allen Room in New York and billed as “Willie Nelson Sings The Blues." If this CD is any indication, he sure did. Nelson plays guitar and sings--backed by Marsalis (trumpet), Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Walter Blanding ...

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Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis: Two Men with the Blues

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Recorded live during “Willie Nelson Sings the Blues," his 2007 two-night stand with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet for Jazz at Lincoln Center, where Marsalis serves as artistic director, Two Men with the Blues is by far the most enjoyable music of 2008.

Nelson and Marsalis meet each other halfway between the acoustic country blues of Nashville (via Austin) and the Dixieland and ragtime blues of New Orleans. Nelson previously recorded every tune they call off, including perennial classics “Georgia on My Mind" and “Stardust." He plays guitar and sings with Wynton's quintet, and brings along legendary harmonica sidekick ...



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