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Wynton Marsalis and Confederate Monuments: How a Jazz Musician Started a Political Movement

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In the wake of the events that took place in Charlottesville, VA on August 11-12, the nation has been gripped by horrific violence and tragedy. Our screens have been filled with images of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the counter-protestors who clashed with them. The Unite the Right rally may have ended in chaos, but it began as a protest to oppose the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue. This removal was not the first, but part of a series ...

GENIUS GUIDE TO JAZZ

Cloudland Re-Revisited: Think of One

Read "Cloudland Re-Revisited: Think of One" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

In the nearly sixteen years I've been at my post as resident Genius here at AAJ, the question has often come up as to how I came to be the Dean of American Jazz Humorists®. As most of you know, I was born in Kentucky to West Virginia hillbillies and raised in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Clifton Forge, my hometown, was not known as a hotbed for Our Music; nor was the nearest “city" of Roanoke, where the ...

BAILEY'S BUNDLES

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

Read "Jazz Quanta June: The Sacred Orchestral: Duke Ellington and Wynton Marsalis" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

LIVE REVIEWS

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

Read "Wynton Marsalis: Driving the Jazz at Lincoln Center Engine" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

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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