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Wynton Marsalis

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]
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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. 

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, April 15, 2018 will be “Grammy Winners in My Collection-Part 3.”  In it’s early days, the jazz Grammy Awards were not awarded for great music, but by the popularity of the musicians and the Hollywood-Centric voters.  Great music began to creep in by the late 1960’s.  We will play selections from the 80 Grammy winning jazz recordings in my collection from 1959 to the present.  In all of the Jazz Grammys, there is no Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue,” John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” Dave Brubeck’s “Time Out,” not one Blue Note label or Prestige label 1960’s ja

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As our city rocked from the upheavals of 2014, a series of quieter changes was taking place in the St. Louis art world.

Several arts organizations debuted, others expanded and a few folded. Some relocated and others featured uncharacteristic fare to appeal to wider audiences. Here’s a look at eight of this year’s evolutions in the local arts scene.

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Jazz Unlimited for SUnday, December 7 will be  “The Fifty Year Anniversary of the Recording of “A Love Supreme.”  On December 9, 1964, the John Coltrane Quartet entered Rudy Van Gelder’s studio with almost no written music but for a few sketches and what looked like a handwritten poem.  They proceeded to record the album “A Love Supreme,” one of the most important and best selling albums in jazz.  Since that time, three other versions of the work have been recorded along with interpretations of various sections by a number of artists.  We will hear these interpretations played by the Conrad

Wynton Marsalis
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Wynton Marsalis has been to St. Louis many times, but before Thursday night he had not played at Jazz at the Bistro.

“I’ve been coming here for many, many years. This is one of my favorite cities to come and play, in many contexts,” said Marsalis, a trumpeter, composer and educator. “I’d been to the Bistro, just sitting in and hanging with musicians … and it’s a famous place to play amongst the musicians. From a national standpoint, when you talk about St. Louis, you’re always talking about the Bistro.”

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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.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 23, 2012 - This year's Red Velvet Ball — the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s biggest fundraiser of the season — attracted a capacity crowd to Powell Hall, one more diverse crowd than those who came to hear Yo-Yo Ma in 2009, Renee Fleming in 2010 and Itzhak Perlman last year.

Symphony takes on a jazz vibe for its Red Velvet Gala

Oct 17, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 17, 2012 - When Wynton Marsalis comes to town, music becomes more than a concert — it’s an event. Two, in fact.

For one, Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will perform this weekend for the St. Louis Symphony’s Red Velvet Ball, the orchestra’s annual fundraiser.