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Remembering Ellis Marsalis And His Outsized Influence

Happy endings don’t happen often during a novel coronavirus pandemic. Marsalis, eighty-five, died in New Orleans of complications from the virus on April 1. But when the crying is over and Marsalis gets the jazz funeral he deserves, even the most sober study of his contributions to music might begin with a celebratory cork popping from a bottle of champagne. Jazz spoke to him early, in a way that no music had before, and in its service, his character was revealed. –
Tags: Art, People, New Orleans, Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, 11.10.20


Harper's Letter: Artists and Writers Warn of an 'Intolerant Climate.'

An open letter published by Harper’s, signed by luminaries including Margaret Atwood and Wynton Marsalis, argued for openness to “opposing views.” The debate began immediately.
Tags: News, Black People, Letters, Margaret Atwood, Discrimination, Harper, Jones, Rowling, Marsalis, Wynton, Wynton Marsalis, Margaret, Atwood, J K, Race and Ethnicity, Harper's Magazine


Artists and Writers Warn of an ‘Intolerant Climate.’ Reaction Is Swift.

An open letter published by Harper’s, signed by luminaries including Margaret Atwood and Wynton Marsalis, argued for openness to “opposing views.” The debate began immediately.
Tags: News, Black People, Letters, Margaret Atwood, Discrimination, Harper, Jones, Rowling, Marsalis, Wynton, Wynton Marsalis, Margaret, Atwood, J K, Race and Ethnicity, Harper's Magazine


Prominent Artists and Writers Warn of an ‘Intolerant Climate’

An open letter published by Harper’s, signed by luminaries including Margaret Atwood and Wynton Marsalis, argued for openness to “opposing views.” The debate began immediately.
Tags: News, Black People, Letters, Margaret Atwood, Discrimination, Harper, Jones, Rowling, Marsalis, Wynton, Wynton Marsalis, Margaret, Atwood, J K, Race and Ethnicity, Harper's Magazine


Ellis Marsalis Jr., Jazz Pianist and Music Family Patriarch, Dies at 85

The father of Wynton and Branford Marsalis and a prominent performer and educator, he succumbed to complications of the coronavirus.
Tags: Music, News, Jazz, Marsalis, Wynton, Ellis, Branford Marsalis, Deaths (Obituaries, New Orleans (La, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Ellis Marsalis Jr Jazz Pianist


Jazz Patriarch Ellis Marsalis Dead Of COVID At 85

“[A] pianist and educator, [he] became the guiding force behind a late-20th-century resurgence in jazz. … Photogenic, erudite and fabulously talented, Mr. Marsalis’s children and many other young jazz musicians he had taught — including Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison Jr., Harry Connick Jr. and Nicholas Payton — became the leaders in a burgeoning traditionalist movement, loosely referred to as the Young Lions.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Marsalis, Young Lions, Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, 04.01.20


Son: Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead at 85; fought coronavirus

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY and REBECCA SANTANA NEW ORLEANS— Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, died late Wednesday after battling pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus, leaving six sons and a deep legacy. He was 85. “My dad was a giant of a musician and teacher, but an even greater father. He poured everything he had into making us the best of what we could be,”  his son Branford said. Four of the jazz patriarch’s six sons are musicians: W...
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Jazz Legend Ellis Marsalis Jr. Dead From Coronavirus

Ellis Marsalis Jr., New Orleans jazz great and patriarch of the Marsalis family, has died. In a statement, Marsalis' son Brandon said he died yesterday from complications of COVID-19. New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell reported Marsalis' death on Twitter last night. Marsalis was 85. More »
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Ellis Marsalis Jr., Jazz Pianist and Patriarch, Dies at 85

The father of Wynton and Branford Marsalis and a prominent performer and educator, he succumbed to complications from the coronavirus.
Tags: Music, News, Jazz, Marsalis, Wynton, Ellis, Branford Marsalis, Deaths (Obituaries, New Orleans (La, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Ellis Marsalis Jr Jazz Pianist


Jazz Pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr. Dies of Coronavirus Complications at 85

Ellis Marsalis Jr., a jazz pianist from New Orleans, died Wednesday night from complications due to coronavirus, his son, Branford Marsalis, confirmed in a statement to Variety. He was 85. In addition to having his own prominent music career, Marsalis helped pave the way for four of his sons, Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason, to […]
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Ellis Marsalis Jr., Jazz Pianist and Patriarch of a Musical Family, Dies at 85

A musician and educator, he succumbed to complications from the coronavirus.
Tags: Music, News, Jazz, Marsalis, Ellis, Deaths (Obituaries, New Orleans (La, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Ellis Marsalis Jr Jazz Pianist


‘Joy in the Grief’: Musicians Are Making Art in a Pandemic

With performances on hold because of the coronavirus, what are artists like Barbra Streisand and Michael Tilson Thomas working on at home?
Tags: Music, News, Glass, Classical Music, Meredith, Nadia, Thomas, Philip, Adams, Emanuel, Marsalis, Wynton, Monk, Jennifer, Julia, Koh


Mandy, Joe and Brian

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Mandy Patinkin for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). Mandy talked about growing up in Chicago, the reason he hated school and why he lowers his voice when playing Saul Berenson on Showtime's Homeland series, which returns for its final season on  Sunday (February 9). [Photo above of Mandy Patinkin on the New York set of Homeland by Mark Seliger/courtesy of Showtime] Here's Mandy as Saul, with Clare Danes in season 2...
Tags: Europe, New York, London, Mississippi, Australia, Amazon Prime, Chicago, Showtime, Oscar, Brazil, Manhattan, Jazz, Andy Warhol, Brian, Edinburgh, Connor


Delfeayo Marsalis Makes a Joyful Noise on 'Jazz Party'

"Mboya's Midnight Cocktail" is a tribute to Delfeayo's younger brother. On the spectrum, Marsalis shares, Mboya is non-verbal but likes to get "suited up" and go out on the town. The song told from the viewpoint of a bartender (played by Karen Livers) who has eyes for the song's attractive subject, is a fun and sultry stopgap during all the festivities. It's like we're eavesdropping on her one-way conversation before we head off in another direction, where we encounter "Dr. Hardgroove" - a tri...
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Branford Marsalis Revels In Jazz's Timeless Challenges On New Album

Saxophonist Marsalis has been leading a quartet for the last 20 years, with only one personnel change; their new album, The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul, shows they're still going strong.
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Wynton Marsalis on Creating Score for ‘Bolden’ Biopic Without Jazz Pioneer’s Music

Jazzman Wynton Marsalis faced one of the most unusual challenges of his career when he agreed to score “Bolden,” the biopic of early jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden: No recordings survive, so Marsalis had to create Bolden’s music from scratch. That’s precisely what intrigued him, Marsalis tells Variety: “Just being from New Orleans, being a trumpet player,” […]
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Playlist: The Playlist: Solange’s Surprise, and 14 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Jackie Mendoza, Matmos, Kehlani, L7 and others.
Tags: News, Palmer, Jazz, Quartet, Solange, Anna, Rivers, Cuomo, Sanders, Marsalis, Branford, Joey, Walker, Pharoah, Jepsen, FAULKNER


Summer music festival lineups

It’s festival season! Ok, no, it’s not even close to festival season, and depending on where you are right now you may be staring out the window at an icicle the size of a power forward. But that just means you have plenty of time to daydream about what you’ll do once the snowbound apocalypse is over. Some of the big festival organizers know this and have done us the favor of releasing their lineups, so we can start planning our warm weather vacations now. To assist you in your journey, we’v...
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“Jazz Is Dying” As Metaphor For The Larger Culture

Matthew McKnight examines Jazz At Lincoln Center: “While the obituary writers may have been right—something’s dying—they have been preoccupied with the wrong thing. By looking for signs of vitality in measures of jazz’s popularity, it becomes easier to ignore what the music, according to Marsalis’s definition, is: a refinement of empathic listening, a model for improvisation, and an embodiment of meaningful time perception. If this is right, then the supposition that jazz is dead carries meaning...
Tags: Art, Music, Ideas, Lincoln Center, Marsalis, 01.04.19, Matthew McKnight


Roy Hargrove (1969-2018)

Roy Hargrove, a jazz trumpeter whose chance encounter with Wynton Marsalis in the 11th grade catapulted him from Fort Worth, Texas, to stardom at age 20 in 1990 after tours with Marsalis and a year at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, died November 2. He was 49. Here are five clips that illustrate his measured tone and pretty taste: Here's Hargrove soloing in 1988 on I Remember Clifford with Don Sickler (tp,arr), Frank "Ku-umba" Lacy (tb), Bobby Watson (as,arr), Billy Pierce (ts), Mulgrew...
Tags: Boston, Jazz, Clifford, Fort Worth Texas, Berklee College of Music, Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Hargrove, Mulgrew Miller, Gerald Cannon, Christian McBride, Larry Willis, Bobby Watson, Marc Myers, Sherman Irby, Robert Hurst


Kerns: LSO sponsors unforgettable show by Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

It may have taken a touch of clever marketing — a few unexpected BOGO (buy one, get one free) days — to guarantee a music lover for every seat at Monday’s concert at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Afterward, all present were standing, applauding and undoubtedly grateful that the sponsoring Lubbock Symphony Orchestra had booked a rare appearance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. It was, at the least, a concert no one could forget. To a large point, the show was sold on the name of ...
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After-Party with Wynton Marsalis Is Fun Opening Night

Wynton Marsalis and event sponsor Sara Miller McCune (photo: Kimberly Citro) On September 29, UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) donors celebrated the start of its 60th season at a party in the Granada Theatre’s McCune Founders Room following a performance by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Producers Circle members were joined by Marsalis, band members, and dance stars Charles Lil Buck Riley, Jared Grimes, and Myles Yachts. Ticket holders to the main event were b...
Tags: Jazz, Santa Barbara, San Marcos, Ucsb, Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Yo Yo Ma, Lincoln Center Orchestra, Granada Theatre, Jared Grimes, Sara Miller McCune, Kimberly Citro, McCune Founders Room, Wynton Marsalis Producers Circle, Charles Lil Buck Riley Jared Grimes, Producers Circle


Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Wildly Entertaining

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with three incredible dancers — tap star Jared Grimes and jook virtuosi Charles “Lil Buck” Riley and Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles — captivated a sold-out house at The Granada Theatre on Saturday night. UCSB Arts & Lectures kicked off its 60th anniversary season with a shot of artistic epinephrine, a welcome counterpoint to recent acts on the national stage. Marsalis’ 2016 work “Spaces” captures in richly varied jazz and dance dialects the...
Tags: New Orleans, Jazz, Grimes, Charles, Riley, Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Ron, Lincoln Center Orchestra, UCSB Arts Lectures, Myles, Granada Theatre, Damian Woetzel, Wynton Marsalis Jazz, Jared Grimes, Lincoln Center Orchestra Wildly Entertaining


UCSB A&L, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Engage Students in Arts, Learning and Inspiration

In advance of UCSB Arts & Lectures’ 60th anniversary season-opening performance by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra last Saturday night, the ensemble also opened A&L’s season of outreach and learning programs. The full orchestra spent an hour educating 1,400 K-12 students from Goleta Union and Santa Barbara Unified school districts, as well as several parochial schools, about the career and music of bebop jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. The band opened wi...
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Wynton Marsalis Conjures a Musical Incantation

Totem. Nahual. Daemon. Cultures the world over have often described in great terms the spiritual implication of everyday animals, and on Saturday night at The Granada Theatre, one modern-day musical shaman took it upon himself to exemplify their mythical significance through the language of rhythm and melody. Wynton Marsalis and his 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra lit up the evening with their presentation of Spaces, a musical ode to 10 members of the animal kingdom that kicked off U...
Tags: Jazz, Grimes, Ucsb, Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jared Grimes, Myles Yachts, Ninette Paloma


Marsalis and His Orchestra Dazzle with Duke in Irvine

Jerry Mandel’s day job is running the Irvine Barclay Theatre, but at nights and on weekends he’s a jazz saxophonist with a steady stream of gigs. I caught him a while back at Newport’s Bayside Restaurant, where he plays regularly. One of Mandel’s vows when he took the Barclay position was to establish a first-rate jazz season much like the one he helped put together when he was president of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Nitpickers might argue whether he has accomplished that goal yet, ...
Tags: Manhattan, Jazz, Cuba, Duke, Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Irvine Barclay Theatre, Newport, Irvine, Bayside, Segerstrom Center, Barclay, Mandel, Ellington, Chris Crenshaw, Elliot Mason


Wynton Marsalis on his animal ballet, teen funk band days, kazoos and JALC’s 31 years

Before Wynton Marsalis mastered all that jazz — and more than 40 years before he debuted “Spaces,” his 2016 Jazz at Lincoln Center “animal ballet” now headed to San Diego — he cut his teeth playing in several New Orleans funk bands in the 1970s. It was then, as the teen-aged trumpeter in such groups as The Creators and Killer Forces & The Crispy Critters, that this 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and band leader learned some of the key skills he has drawn on ever since. “Definitely!” af...
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An Interview with Wynton Marsalis

UCSB Arts & Lectures Presents the Legendary Musician and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Everything old is new again. From the 1920s through the 1940s, the art of jazz revolved around the music of the great big bands. Led by men like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Earl Hines, Fletcher Henderson, and Benny Goodman, these large ensembles typically divided 10 or more musicians into four sections: trumpets, trombones, saxophones, and rhythm. Although the styles of jazz these groups played var...
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Wynton Marsalis and JLCO to interpret the music of Duke Ellington at Barclay

For someone with sterling credentials — a Pulitzer Prize, nine Grammy Awards, two Emmy nominations, a National Medal of Arts, National Humanities Medal, Down Beat Hall of Fame, 7 million albums sold worldwide, a reputation for working tirelessly with young musicians in countless workshops and master classes — it is rather surprising that Wynton Marsalis only wanted to talk about one thing. Or rather, one person. “Duke Ellington was one of our greatest leaders in American orchestral music,” s...
Tags: New York City, Jazz, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Lincoln Center, Louis Armstrong, Duke, Jason, Marsalis, Branford, Wynton Marsalis, Irvine Barclay Theatre, Hollywood Bowl, Duke Ellington, Lincoln Center Orchestra, Charlie Parker


Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra & Damian Woetzel – Spaces – New York

Lil Buck and Jared Grimes in Spaces. (© Lawrence Sumulong) The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is a most impressive ensemble; as I listened to them play Wynton Marsalis’s Spaces at the Rose Theater last Friday, the Vienna Philharmonic came to mind. Their playing has confidence, virtuosity, luster, and a wondrous sense of play. Each player is a powerhouse in his own right, further magnified by the give-and-take of his fellow musicians. (And yes, I mean “his”; all the players, at le...
Tags: New York, Broadway, Jazz, Grimes, Memphis, Charlie Chaplin, Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Buck, Lincoln Center Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Nicholas Brothers, Rose Theater, Fred Astaire, Bob Fosse, Damian Woetzel