June 3, 1994 |
He surfaced as an upstart in the early '80s, scarcely out of his teens. His rapid rise to fame in jazz circles and elsewhere had much to do with sparking the "young lions" movement that saw so many youthful musicians grasping the traditional elements of jazz and gaining wide acceptance in a field long dominated by the older guys. Since that flashy debut, Wynton Marsalis has won high praise for his recordings in both jazz and classical categories. And there is no evidence that the gifted New Orleans-rooted trumpeter/composer is about to slow down.
March 17, 1987 |
For decades, the cornet was the voice of America. Not as self-important and brilliant as the trumpet, the cornet sounded home-town America's sentimental melodies for listeners who lay on the grass around the bandstand. It was an instrument that could play the hero, too, in a way, but it expressed something fundamental about a nation that had not yet lost innocence. That innocent age has to be remembered now, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble's concert last night at the Academy of Music was a reminder full of nostalgia as well as some contemporary astonishments.
June 17, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter announced Monday that Wynton Marsalis, the jazz and classical musician, composer, and arts advocate, is the recipient of the 2015 Marian Anderson Award. Marsalis, winner of a Grammy Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and honored with the National Medal of Arts, joins other recipients of the medal, including Sidney Poitier, Maya Angelou, Mia Farrow, James Earl Jones, Berry Gordy Jr., and 2014 winner Jon Bon Jovi. He will accept the award at a gala concert Nov. 10 at the Kimmel Center.
April 27, 2004 |
As severe, serious and dogmatic as Wynton Marsalis sometimes seems, as a musician and performing personality he is really quite droll. His stream-of-consciousness tribute to Thelonious Monk following Monk's "Oscar T" was loopy and hysterical, and a relaxed Marsalis came off as a man who plays music because he draws an immense amount of joy from the experience. Marsalis has been assailed for staying within a certain stylistic framework as a composer and player, but he can't be faulted on his musicianship.
December 10, 1994 |
Trumpeter-bandleader Wynton Marsalis may be disbanding his septet, but hold the obituaries, please. This finale is more like his rebirth. Concertgoers at Rowan College witnessed the septet's second-to-last concert on Wednesday night, and it was a rocking time that moved effortlessly from stride piano to New Orleans funeral dirge, from boogie-woogie to blues. After Marsalis, 33, ends the group at a Lincoln Center concert next Saturday, he plans to write and perform big-band and orchestral works.
June 22, 1991 |
In pop music, youth is a market. In jazz, it's becoming the product. It began about 10 years ago with the success of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, then in his teens. Since that time, record companies - blissfully forgetting that musicians as talented as Marsalis are rare at any age - have been signing impeccably tailored but musically untested young hard-boppers in the hope that lightning will strike again. On Thursday at the Academy of Music, the Mellon PSFS Jazz Festival paired Marsalis' septet with a constellation of these new stars - trumpeters Roy Hargrove and Marlon Jordan, saxophonists Tim Warfield and Antonio Hart, pianist Benny Green, guitarist Mark Whitfield, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Carl Allen - who performed together as Jazz Futures.
July 14, 1989 |
Last night Wynton Marsalis played the blues. It wasn't your down-home, garden variety. Marsalis, a jazzman who went to the Juilliard School of Music, brought to bear his massive classical chops on an eclectic set of material that ranged from Strayhorn to Schoenberg. It was at times a little maddening. Marsalis would bend and splatter notes, softening his playing by dipping back from the microphone. His sextet occasionally put out sheets of sound that seemed to wash over several hundred fans at the Theater of Living Arts, where Marsalis is to end his two-day stand tonight.
May 28, 1995 |
Justin Pierce, eighth-grade drummer, had prepared himself for last week's visit by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Like the rest of the Paulsboro High School band, Justin knew he would be sharing center stage with his idol, backing the legendary jazz and classical musician during a special concert performed on school time. But there was no way Justin could count on what would happen afterward. "Come here, I want to show you something," said Marsalis, taking Justin's seat at the school drum set before an emptying auditorium.
April 3, 2005 |
The Kimmel Center's fifth nonclassical season serves up a mixed bag of tried-and-true world music, pop, and jazz, along with a handful of intriguing programming selections. The season starts with Tony Bennett (Sept. 15), then gets its two pop-music highlights out of the way early, with Philadelphia-born soul man Solomon Burke (Sept. 17), and the great East L.A. Chicano rock band Los Lobos, with sterling Texas singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo opening (Oct. 2). Other than a Mavis Staples-Taj Mahal soul-and-blues bill (March 11)
October 28, 2001 |
Near the end of his first set Wednesday at the Zellerbach Theatre, after his sextet had restated the melody of Thelonious Monk's "Four in One" and was ready to send it home, Wynton Marsalis stepped up to the microphone looking like he had some unfinished business. The acclaimed trumpeter, who had charmed the capacity crowd with self-deprecating wit and nuggets of jazz wisdom, sounded suddenly aggressive. Where he had previously tried to capture the capricious spirit of Monk, he was now in a technician's overdrive, cleanly fingering a chorus of perfectly manicured double-time bebop, barely even stopping to breathe.