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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 ...

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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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