Pianists Sullivan Fortner (above), Aaron Diehl, Dan Nimmer, and two excellent student pianists from Julliard (Micah Thomas and Joel Wenhardt) rocked the “House of Swing” in “The Fantastic Mr. Jelly Lord,” the JLCO season opener at Jazz at Lincoln Center last weekend. My review in DownBeat.
Category Archives: Wynton Marsalis
Today I had the privilege of sitting down with Wynton Marsalis in his dressing room at Jazz at Lincoln Center for a DownBeat interview, five years after our first meeting. We talked about his career, his evolution as a musician and a human being, his hopes for the future. Article coming soon.
Last weekend’s season opener by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, entitled “Handful of Keys: A Century of Jazz Piano,” included
performances by 89-year-old piano master Dick Hyman and the astonishing Joey Alexander. Can you call a 13-year-old a piano master? Joey begs the question. The show featured memorable performances by five other pianists – Helen Sung, Myra Melford, Larry Willis, Dan Nimmer, and Isaiah Thompson. My review soon in DownBeat Magazine (I’ll post a link here).
Saxophonists Ted Nash and Joe Temperley are two of the instructors in Wynton Marsalis’ latest venture to make jazz more comprehensible to musicians and fans alike: Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new — and free — online Jazz Academy. You can read about it in my article from the January 2014 DownBeat.