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Wynton Marsalis turning 50

by Mickey Muridea

It’s hard to believe that on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Wynton Marsalis will turn 50, I still Wynton-Marsalis-at-50-Tickeremember my first time I saw Wynton with his own band perform in 1982 in Charlotte, NC.

This evening they celebrate the work of Wynton with the performance with special guests and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The night started with a pre-concert talk about Wynton’s career and influence on today Jazz sound and performers. Opening the show with Gregory Porter singing “Chant to Call the Indians Out”. Wynton and Marcus Robert’s performance of “Tom Cat Blues” by Jelly Roll Morton was just two friends having a good time together again.

Then Damien Sneed and Chorale Le Chateau came out to sing with the LCJO. One of the high points was Yacub Addy & Odadaa coming out to perform. Closing with everyone on stage they performed “Kolomashi”. It was an evening to remember.

One note about this evening show, it was broadcast live on PBS and tape for later showings to, you can also find the show on-line at the PBS wed site for a limited time.


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