Wynton Marsalis

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Join us on Sunday, February 16th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 to hear the first-ever performance of Wynton Marsalis’s 2009 composition Blues Symphony by The Philadelphia Orchestra. The work is conducted by Christian Măcelaru—for whom the symphony holds special importance.

December 23, 2019. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s (JALCO) Big Band Holidays II is a thoroughly enjoyable holiday-time jazz album, and those aren’t always so easy to come by.

September 16, 2019. Jazz trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis writes about reconnecting with the Anglo-Celtic roots of Afro-American music in his Violin Concerto in D, written for Scottish violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti, and recorded with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Cristian Măcelaru. The celebration of community and joining of different musical traditions also enriches his Fiddle Dance Suite for solo violin. 

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This Sunday at 1 pm, WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings to the airwaves another sensational violinist, Nicola Benedetti, who joins the Philadelphia Orchestra in her subscription debut for a performance of the jazz-inspired Violin Concerto of Wynton Marsalis. Cristian Măcelaru conducts.

June 4, 2018. It’s been quite a few years since a noteworthy jazz release included narration and movements to tell a historical story. The last one I can remember was Irvin Mayfield’s 2004 album Strange Fruit. Now, pianist and composer, and Temple University professor, Elio Villafranca has stepped up to the plate and released Cinque—the culmination of years of composing and traveling. 

Apparently last year’s Essential Jazz Artist Countdown was missing something warm, spicy, and soulful. You have spoken and let us know that one of the toasts of New Orleans should be celebrated…you elected Wynton Marsalis your No. 10!

Jazz great Wynton Marsalis, a virtuoso trumpet player and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, has written — wait for it — a violin concerto.

As the daughter of the late virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg, I was intrigued and wanted to know more. So I spent an hour with Marsalis — and the violinist he wrote his concerto with and for. (More on that later.)

Emmy-winning television journalist Soledad O’Brien hosts the 2015 Marian Anderson Awards honoring acclaimed jazz performer, producer, and educator Wynton Marsalis.

Join Jeff Duperon on Friday, November 6th and Saturday, November 7th as he presents his programs from Cape May, NJ during the 2015 Exit Zero Jazz Festival.  Starting at 6 pm each night, Jeff will keep you up to speed on the goings-on of what is becoming one of the hottest jazz gatherings on the East Coast. 

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