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At 56, Wynton Marsalis Reflects on His Induction Into the DownBeat Hall of Fame

Downbeat December 2017 cover

At 56, Marsalis is among the youngest living artists ever inducted into the DownBeat Hall of Fame. If he had only been the leading trumpeter of his generation, there’s little doubt he eventually would have made it into the hallowed hall. But it’s his tireless work as an educator, bandleader, fundraiser, non-profit executive, and advocate for jazz and American culture that probably sealed the deal so soon.  My interview with him, from the December 2017 DownBeat.

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Marsalis, JLCO Pay Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton

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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.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center, Sony Launch “Blue Engine” Label (DownBeat)

Wynton at the launch party, chatting with trumpeter Bria Skonberg. On the left is legendary bari saxophonist Joe Temperley; on the right is pianist Monty Alexander.

Wynton Marsalis at the Blue Engine Records launch party chatting with trumpeter Bria Skonberg. On the left is legendary bari saxophonist Joe Temperley; on the right, pianist Monty Alexander. (photo: Frank Stewart, JALC)

Here’s my report in DownBeat on the launch of Jazz@Lincoln Center’s new record label, Blue Engine. The first release will be the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/Wynton Marsalis – Live in Cuba, coming in August.

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My review of Newport Jazz Festival in DownBeat – Part 2

Dee Dee Bridgewater & band at Newport, August 1, 2014

Here’s the second installment of my two-part review of the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival for DownBeat. It’s my take on the special Friday night concert by Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

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Jazz@Lincoln Center’s 2014 Gala, Reviewed

Cecile at JALC GalaAt the Jazz@Lincoln Ctr Gala, Cecile McLorin Salvant & 10-yr-old Joey Alexander from Bali were among the amazing. My review in DownBeat:

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Catching the soulful Catherine Russell at Dizzy’s tonight…

Catherine Russell

…with a 10-piece band; I’ll review for DownBeat. See the live webcast @ 7:15 http://ow.ly/tWp5Z

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Jazz Education for Everybody – Free!

Ted Nash and Joe Temperley - two of the instructors whose videos you can watch for free at JALC's online Jazz Academy.

Ted Nash and Joe Temperley – two of the instructors whose videos you can watch for free at JALC’s online Jazz Academy.

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.

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