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Wynton Marsalis

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Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton make an unlikely partnership.

Sunday, 30 October, 2011, 12:00am

Him and his big mouth: Shut up and play, Wynton

I listened to Wynton Marsalis' latest disc, From the Plantation to the Penitentiary on Blue Note, in an irritable frame of mind.

1 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Miss Orleans rings hollow in the wake of cruel Katrina

In 1947, Lou Alter and Eddie de Lange wrote a song called Do You Know What it Means to Miss Orleans? Billie Holiday sang the first version, in what turned out to be her only feature film role, in a mostly forgettable movie named after the city.

11 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Wynton Marsalis Quartet

Wynton Marsalis Quartet

The Magic Hour

(Blue Note)

Whatever one thinks of Wynton Marsalis' pontifications on what jazz is (or, in his view, ought to be), if he wasn't one of the finest jazz trumpeters of his generation, he'd never have had an audience for his opinions.

28 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Jump Start and Jazz

Jump Start and Jazz - Two ballets by Wynton Marsalis (Sony) In Melbourne they have a saying that if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes. Substitute 'minutes' for 'seconds' and you could say the same about the jazz in this cutting-edge album played by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. This is not easy background jazz: you can't drink a beer and have a chat while it's playing.

13 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Marsalis plays it pure with passion

The title of the second performance Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra will give at the festival says it all: All Jazz is Modern.

It is Marsalis' battle cry, the philosophy that has earned him both praise and prizes for maintaining the jazz tradition, and criticism and attack for much the same thing.

15 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Trumpeter voluntary

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, the first jazz composer to win a Pulitzer Prize for music, is taking a seat on the New York State Council on the Arts.

Besides his jazz work, he is considered one of the world's best classical trumpet players. He has recorded more than 30 jazz and classical albums.

5 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Septet heaven

Would you believe that this concert ended at nearly 11pm? After six, or was it seven encores a thoroughly wide-awake and enchanted audience finally filed out of the packed concert hall.

They knew who and what they had come to hear and responded accordingly. So did the Septet - they gave us everything - blues, jazz, honky tonk - the works.

22 Feb 1994 - 12:00am