Show Review: Wynton Marsalis Orchestra at Boston Symphony Hall

Wynton Marsalis’ orchestra and choir blew the roof off of Boston Symphony Hall on Sunday night. A stirring ensemble of forty female and thirty male vocalists gave a rousing gospel invocation with “The House of The Lord,” while the orchestra swung back and forth over belting vocals and blaring horn …

Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis: I’m a MF Musician!

“I don’t use songs as a vehicle to glorify myself. I’m going to play whatever is required to make the song successful.” These are the words of Branford Marsalis. He’s a man that understands that it’s not all about him. Considering the big names he’s played with from Sting to …


Wynton Marsalis: Essentially Ellington

The national Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival is held annually in New York City at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Fifteen finalist bands are selected as finalists and, to prepare, each finalist band receives an in-school workshop in their community …


Live Review: Wynton Marsalis’ “Blood on the Fields” at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Wynton Marsalis conducts the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing “Blood on the Fields” At its best and most pure, music is three dimensional. Vivaldi proved it with his piece “The Four Seasons.” George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” did as well, along with Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly and Quincy Jones’ Walking …


Vincent Gardner’s Swinging Pendulum on the Fundamentals of Jazz and Appreciation for the Music

Vincent Gardner   As a musician and an instructor, Vincent Gardner balances the scale of teaching the mechanics of playing Jazz music, yet values the importance of real-life experience in the industry. As one who performed with The Count Basie Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Orchestra and others while enrolled in …