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ALBUM REVIEW

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: The Music of Wayne Shorter

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As a saxophonist, founding member of Weather Report and member of Miles Davis' second great acoustic quintet, it won't be hard to find Wayne Shorter's name in the pages of modern jazz history. But the massive The Music of Wayne Shorter highlights a sometimes-overlooked element of Shorter's musicianship: His ability to compose, which has contributed “Footprints," “Nefertiti," “Speak No Evil" and other standards to the jazz canon. As bassist Christian McBride, a former member of Shorter's quartet, writes in the ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Big Band Holidays II

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Big Band Holiday concerts, featuring the JALC Orchestra with Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis and guests, are a welcome addition to New York City holiday jazz traditions. Big Band Holidays II presents the second set of live recordings from these concerts beginning from 2015, the year that the JALC Orchestra released their first Big Band Holidays set on their own Blue Engine Records label. “Christmas brings the best and worst out of people," ...

LIVE REVIEW

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea at the Kimmel Center

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea The Music of Thelonious Monk Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Academy of Music Philadelphia, PA April 8, 2018 In the words of Robin Kelley, Thelonious Monk's definitive biographer, Monk was “An American Original," meaning that he was both one of a kind and contributor to an evolving tradition. This impossible-to-resolve paradox of Monk affects any ...

IN PICTURES

Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis at Mechanics Hall

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Taken in October during the first three songs of their set at Worcester MA's Mechanics Hall, these black and white selections are my attempt to capture jazz mastery. Tim O'Keefe, the writer I worked with on this project, described it best: “In a memorable performance... 15 soloists and ensemble players comprising the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra connected today's audience with historic composers from the jazz idiom--safeguarding the sounds of jazz, and keeping the music alive for another generation of ...

LIVE REVIEW

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at Mechanics Hall

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Mechanics Hall Worcester, MA October 4, 2017 “One, two, one, two, three, and..." with the stomp of a foot, the buttery sounds of Wynton Marsalis' trumpet rolled through a 160 year old concert hall, filling the rectangular room with warm, lush tones. He thrusted the horn upward, ramming the music higher, then maneuvered the bell of his instrument toward the floor, the sounds becoming subdued and evasive. ...

LIVE REVIEW

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at the Mesa Arts Center

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Mesa Arts Center Mesa, Arizona September 25, 2015 A sophisticated and engaging performance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis was a meld of the trumpeter-leader's ongoing homage to jazz history plus the spark of original compositions from his current colleagues. Dizzy Gillespie's “Things to Come" from 1946 was the opening chart, Marsalis delivering an extended solo at super-speed that exhibited his ...

LIVE REVIEW

The World of Duke Ellington 2015

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The World of Duke Ellington 2015 Jazz at Lincoln Center New York, NY April 29, 2015 Duke would have been 116 this year, and what a party he didn't have! JALC raised $3.9M on their gala night and the exceptional quality of all of the performances reflected the generosity of JALC supporters. There aren't many things that change as dependably as the unique inflections of jazz musicians, and with the legacy of Duke's ...


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