Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents...
Wynton Marsalis at 50
Review By: Michelle King
Who better to introduce Wynton Marsalis than another eloquent speaker and champion of education, Mr. Bill Cosby? After many humorous remarks by Mr. Cosby, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JALCO) walks onto the stage Wynton Marsalis helped create and the celebration begins in earnest. From the hand clapping of the musicians before a single instrument is heard, to the instrumental precision of vocals by Gregory Porter, we are immediately transported into a selection from Blood on the Fields. This composition, as almost all of what we hear tonight is by Wynton Marsalis. Alternating between playing and conducting, Marsalis leads us through a combination of themes and stories that resonates to our very core. The elements of human nature in "Back to Basics," with the sound and pacing of Wynton's master trumpet and the glorious call to praise the Lord in "Doxology" starring the vocals of Chorale Le Chateau as conducted by Damien Sneed are examples, although every selection performed tonight hits the high notes in such a sublime way.
Tonight Wynton shared many of his enormous gifts with us (even singing) even though it was his birthday celebration! Thank you Wynton Marsalis for creating this memorable experience for all of us, and here's to another 50 years of you doing what you love best!
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