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Wynton Marsalis, seen near the right of the frame, wrote "Swing Symphony" and recorded it in a collaboration between St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra. [12/3/19]
Frank Stewart | Jazz at Lincoln Center

Wynton Marsalis has championed traditional jazz for decades, working many of its styles into the big-band format. 

In 1997, the acclaimed trumpeter, composer and bandleader became the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music, for his oratorio “Blood on the Fields.”

He’s also written three symphonies. His latest, “Swing Symphony,” was recorded at Powell Hall in 2016 and released in July. The performance was a collaboration between St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, then led by David Robertson, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which Marsalis founded.

Marsalis and his ensemble return to Powell Hall on Wednesday for a concert featuring Christmas music arranged for big band. 

Students training with UMSL's jazz ensemble will get an enhanced travel budget, in addition to other improvements to the program. 7/24/18
University of Missouri St. Louis

Students at the University of Missouri-St. Louis will soon have access to a beefed-up jazz studies program due to a $1.3 million donation by the Steward Family Foundation.

Though the school currently has student ensembles and offers instrument instruction and related courses — including one on jazz improvisation — students will now be able to earn a degree in jazz studies from UMSL’s newly christened David and Thelma Steward Institute For Jazz Studies.

Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

Jazz St. Louis and leading national institution Jazz at Lincoln Center are again joining forces to show area students how a treasured musical art continues to evolve.

The organizations will bring nationally recognized musicians into schools to give high school students an up-close view of jazz, a music rich in tradition that relies heavily on improvisation. Musicians also will speak on the role jazz musicians played during the music’s heyday a few generations ago and to the continuing importance of jazz in the 21st century.

A More Accessible Jazz At The Bistro Opens This Week

Sep 29, 2014
Jazz at the Bistro's new season opened Friday, October 3.
Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

Expectations are high for the new Jazz at the Bistro space.  Local vocalist Erin Bode, 37, said anticipation is high among local musicians.

“It’s just going to revitalize our motivation and our zest and zeal for making music in Grand Center,” said Bode.

Wynton Marsalis
Frank Stewart / (Courtesy Jazz at Lincoln Center)

Grammy-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will be performing in St. Louis next week as part of an eight city tour of Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration, a piece he composed in honor of the 200th anniversary of a Baptist church in Harlem.

Abyssinian models a traditional Baptist church service and features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Chorale Le Chateau in addition to Marsalis.