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Jazz Quanta June: The Sacred Orchestral: Duke Ellington and Wynton Marsalis

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Music and the Christian Tradition are as intimately involved as making love. Since the beginning of an organized Christendom, music has been a part of the liturgy and celebration of what was to become the “Good News." Regardless of one's spiritual inclinations, this religious music looms large on the cultural horizon and cannot be ignored. While so-called “classical" music has provided many religious musical expressions, there have also been several notable jazz contributions to the form not the least of ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Wynton Marsalis Quintet at The Palace Theater

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Wynton Marsalis Quintet The Palace Theater Stamford, CT April 30, 2016 There are expectations baked into a live performance from the caliber of a Wynton Marsalis. An artist who has won a Pulitzer Prize for Music, nine GRAMMY awards, serves as the Director of Jazz studies at Juilliard and is actively involved in a number of humanitarian activities, Marsalis is as much a brand name as any musician in modern history. And so, maintaining spontaneity ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Big Band Holidays

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The holiday season has its ups and downs on Big Band Holidays, recorded live over two Decembers (2013-14) by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which is without a doubt one of the finest big bands money can buy. Even though the most recent number on the album ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") was recorded almost a year ago, several clues indicate that the album was more or less rushed to market in time for this year's festivities. For ...

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Wynton Marsalis Honored at Marian Anderson 2015 Awards Concert

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Wynton Marsalis Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Marian Anderson Award Concert Philadelphia, PA November 10, 2015 On this celebratory occasion, Wynton Marsalis became the second bona fide jazz musician (the other being Quincy Jones) to win the prestigious Marian Anderson Award given to “a show business individual who has contributed notably to American cultural, artistic, and/or charitable development." Thus, this year's Award implicitly acknowledged the role of jazz in American life, popular ...

INTERVIEWS

Wynton Marsalis: Driving the Jazz at Lincoln Center Engine

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Jazz became America's popular music during the big band era, where people with ears for music and feet for dancing heard national bands, regional bands, and local bands. Musicians that became jazz stars attained that status through their individual solo statements in small windows in songs, especially when they were lucky enough to get them on recordings. Those bands never completely disappeared, but in the 1940s the tide turned and jazz musicians relished the freedom accorded them in small groups. ...

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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, ...

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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, ...

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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 ...


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