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  1. July 3, 2014

    Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra/Marsalis, Barbican, London – review

    Midway through the opening night of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s third Barbican residency, its leader, Wynton...

  2. December 3, 2013

    Herbie Hancock: The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988 – review

    Herbie Hancock is so relaxed and unshowy a performer, so at ease with his craft, that it would be easy to underestimate his...

  1. September 26, 2013

    Windows into Tristan and Isolde, Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London – review

    Composer/pianist Julian Joseph presented the main section of this evening’s performance as a work in progress, and that is...

  2. July 23, 2013

    Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Ronnie Scott’s, London – review

    Wynton Marsalis doesn’t have much truck with amplification, and played the entire first house of his short Ronnie Scott’s...

  3. March 29, 2013

    Aaron Diehl: The Bespoke Man’s Narrative

    The prizewinning Wynton Marsalis discovery’s first studio album is as sharp, opulent and stylish as the title might suggest....

  4. November 30, 2012

    Marcus Roberts Nonet: Deep in the Shed: A Blues Suite

    Marcus Roberts’s first recorded Deep in the Shed in 1990, with Wynton Marsalis, listed as “E Dankworth”, on trumpet. The...

  5. October 2, 2012

    Garth Fagan/Wynton Marsalis, BAM, New York

    Garth Fagan proceeds like a painter or sculptor of landscapes more than a dramatist. Every Fagan dance I have seen, if not...

  6. July 27, 2012

    Wynton Marsalis/Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Barbican, London

    Wynton Marsalis remains best known as the brilliant trumpet player who can play classical, loves jazz and treats rap with...

  7. July 17, 2012

    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra/Marsalis, Barbican, London

    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra had its first Barbican residency two years ago, and its spectacular concerts and...

  8. December 23, 2011

    Let us adore them

    It has been a year of surprises. The Spider-Man musical finally “opened” on Broadway, after 182 preview performances. Abu...

  9. November 18, 2011

    London Jazz Festival, Various venues

    Sunday’s programme opened with an afternoon showing at the Barbican of Louis, a must-see gem. The silent film fantasy is...

  10. August 21, 2011

    Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    When Wynton Marsalis first played at Ronnie Scott’s, some 30 years ago, he was a killer young sideman oozing confidence,...

  11. May 21, 2011

    Omara Portuondo and Chucho Valdés: Omara And Chucho

    Omara Portuondo and Chucho Valdés Omara And Chucho (World Village) The disc opens with Portuondo singing “Noche Cubana”...

  12. April 11, 2011

    Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton, Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York

    When Wynton Marsalis plays the blues he gives a modernist twist to the celebratory panache of classic jazz. There is modal...

  13. April 2, 2011

    Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis and Norah Jones: Here We Go Again

    Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis and Norah Jones Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles (Blue Note) For...

  14. December 20, 2010

    Ailey/JazzCity Center, New York

    Three Black Kings has lain dormant almost since Alvin Ailey created it for a massive Duke Ellington celebration that he...

  15. December 6, 2010

    Anointed/Alvin Ailey, City Centre, new York

    At Revelations on Friday, the gloriously craggy singer Ella Mitchell belted out the gospels while Judith Jamison in...

  16. October 2, 2010

    Eric Clapton: Clapton

    Eric Clapton Clapton (Reprise) Talking of Clapton, here he comes with a wavy, let-it-all-hang-loose hairstyle and his 19th...

  17. June 22, 2010

    Barnstorming nights of swing

    American trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has trenchant views on what is appropriate to jazz, and what defines it. Chief among them...

  18. June 21, 2010

    Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra/Wynton Marsalis, Barbican, London

    Wynton Marsalis at Stoke Newington Town Hall American trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has trenchant views on what is appropriate...

  19. June 15, 2010

    Swing Symphony

    This was a big thing. The Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Barbican had...

  20. June 12, 2010

    Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra: Vitoria Suite

    Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra With Wynton MarsalisVitoria Suite (Emarcy) The trumpeter/composer’s 2-CD big band...

  21. January 30, 2010

    Wynton Marsalis Quintet & Richard Galliano: From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf

    Wynton Marsalis Quintet & Richard Galliano From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf Futur Acoustic Each year US trumpeter Wynton...

  22. January 21, 2010

    Blues Symphony

    Call it a work in progress. Wynton Marsalis's Symphony No 2, Blues Symphony , has aroused major expectations for a...

  23. October 30, 2009

    Abram Wilson

    Raised in New Orleans but resident in London since 2002, trumpeter Abram Wilson's relaxed fluency and tonal control recall...

  24. October 29, 2009

    Abram Wilson, Purcell Room, London

    Raised in New Orleans but resident in London since 2002, trumpeter Abram Wilson’s relaxed fluency and tonal control recall...

  25. September 18, 2009

    The Diary: Christiane Amanpour

    On Wednesday last week I leapt on to my bicycle and raced to Walter Cronkite’s memorial service at the Lincoln Center’s...

  26. August 3, 2009

    Roy Hargrove

    Roy Hargrove was still at high school when he was spotted by Wynton Marsalis, going on to release the first of 17 LPs as a...

  27. August 2, 2009

    Roy Hargrove, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    Roy Hargrove was still at high school when he was spotted by Wynton Marsalis, going on to release the first of 17 LPs as a...

  28. July 27, 2009

    Tapestry with an Iberian edge

    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra welds angular riffs, Ellingtonian opulence and rhythmic panache into a multi-layered...

  29. July 26, 2009

    Tapestry with Iberian edge

    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra welds angular riffs, Ellingtonian opulence and rhythmic panache into a multi-layered...

  30. July 1, 2009

    Soundtrack to a better life

    Whether or not jazz is America's only indigenous classical music is an argument that has rumbled along for the best part of...

  31. June 30, 2009

    Soundtrack to a better life

    Whether or not jazz is America’s only indigenous classical music is an argument that has rumbled along for the best part of...

  32. April 20, 2009

    Guide - Arts around the world

    New Orleans New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Missed Mardi Gras? Catch the first instalment of this year's New Orleans...

  33. April 19, 2009

    Arts around the world

    Dr John plays in New Orleans New OrleansNew Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Missed Mardi Gras? Catch the first...

  34. March 21, 2009

    Jazz - Mike Hobart

    Wynton Marsalis He and She Blue Note The glittering trumpeter's latest is a words-and-music probe into male/female...

  35. November 8, 2008

    The sound of musing

    Icouldn't help reading parts of Paul Beatty's third novel, Slumberland, aloud. The inside jacket says Beatty is a poet with...

  36. July 17, 2008

    Terence Blanchard, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    Much has changed since a teenage Terence Blanchard replaced Wynton Marsalis in the trumpet chair of Art Blakey’s Jazz...

  37. July 9, 2008

    Branford Marsalis, Barbican, London

    Unusual in jazz, saxophonist Branford Marsalis maintains a stable line-up. The last to join his quartet was Joey Calderazzo,...

  38. April 11, 2008

    Classical music group sold for £126m

    Boosey & Hawkes, the classical music publisher, has been sold for £126m in a sign that investors still see value in the...

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