WYNTON MARSALIS

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Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz. By creating and performing an expansive range of brilliant new music for quartets to big bands, chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras, tap dance to ballet, Wynton has expanded the vocabulary for jazz and created a vital body of work that places him among the world’s finest musicians and composers.

Early Years Wynton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 18, 1961, to Ellis and Dolores Marsalis, the second of six sons. At an early age he exhibited a superior aptitude for music and a desire to participate in American culture. At age eight Wynton performed traditional New Orleans music in the Fairview Baptist
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WYNTON MARSALIS Discography

WYNTON MARSALIS albums / top albums

WYNTON MARSALIS Wynton Marsalis album cover 4.25 | 4 ratings
Wynton Marsalis
Post Bop 1982
WYNTON MARSALIS Trumpet Concertos album cover 1.50 | 2 ratings
Trumpet Concertos
Third Stream 1983
WYNTON MARSALIS Think Of One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Think Of One
Post Bop 1983
WYNTON MARSALIS Wynton Marsalis Plays Handel, Purcell, Torelli, Fasch, Molter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wynton Marsalis Plays Handel, Purcell, Torelli, Fasch, Molter
Third Stream 1984
WYNTON MARSALIS Hot House Flowers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hot House Flowers
Post Bop 1984
WYNTON MARSALIS Black Codes (From the Underground) album cover 4.14 | 7 ratings
Black Codes (From the Underground)
Post Bop 1985
WYNTON MARSALIS J Mood album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
J Mood
Post Bop 1986
WYNTON MARSALIS Marsalis Standard Time, Volume 1 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Marsalis Standard Time, Volume 1
Post Bop 1987
WYNTON MARSALIS Levee Low Moan: Soul Gestures in Southern Blue, Vol. 3 album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Levee Low Moan: Soul Gestures in Southern Blue, Vol. 3
Post Bop 1988
WYNTON MARSALIS The Majesty of the Blues album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
The Majesty of the Blues
Blues 1989
WYNTON MARSALIS Crescent City Christmas Card album cover 1.00 | 1 ratings
Crescent City Christmas Card
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1989
WYNTON MARSALIS Tune in Tomorrow album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tune in Tomorrow
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1990
WYNTON MARSALIS Standard Time, Volume 3: The Resolution of Romance album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Standard Time, Volume 3: The Resolution of Romance
Post Bop 1990
WYNTON MARSALIS Standard Time, Volume 2: Intimacy Calling album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Standard Time, Volume 2: Intimacy Calling
Post Bop 1991
WYNTON MARSALIS Thick in the South – Soul Gestures in Southern Blue vol.1 album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Thick in the South – Soul Gestures in Southern Blue vol.1
Post Bop 1991
WYNTON MARSALIS Uptown Ruler: Soul Gestures in Southern Blue, Volume 2 album cover 2.67 | 3 ratings
Uptown Ruler: Soul Gestures in Southern Blue, Volume 2
Post Bop 1991
WYNTON MARSALIS Levee Low Moan: Soul Gestures in Southern Blue, Volume 3 album cover 2.67 | 3 ratings
Levee Low Moan: Soul Gestures in Southern Blue, Volume 3
Post Bop 1991
WYNTON MARSALIS Blue Interlude album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blue Interlude
Post Bop 1992
WYNTON MARSALIS Citi Movement album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Citi Movement
Post Bop 1992
WYNTON MARSALIS Joe Cool's Blues (with Ellis Marsalis) album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Joe Cool's Blues (with Ellis Marsalis)
Post Bop 1995
WYNTON MARSALIS Jump Start and Jazz : Two Ballets by Wynton Marsalis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jump Start and Jazz : Two Ballets by Wynton Marsalis
Third Stream 1997
WYNTON MARSALIS Blood on the Fields (feat. The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra) album cover 1.50 | 2 ratings
Blood on the Fields (feat. The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra)
Post Bop 1997
WYNTON MARSALIS Standard Time, Volume 5: The Midnight Blues album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Standard Time, Volume 5: The Midnight Blues
Post Bop 1998
WYNTON MARSALIS Standard Time, Volume 6: Mr. Jelly Lord album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Standard Time, Volume 6: Mr. Jelly Lord
Post Bop 1999
WYNTON MARSALIS Standard Time, Volume 4: Marsalis Plays Monk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Standard Time, Volume 4: Marsalis Plays Monk
Post Bop 1999
WYNTON MARSALIS Big Train album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Big Train
Big Band 1999
WYNTON MARSALIS At the Octoroon Balls album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At the Octoroon Balls
Third Stream 1999
WYNTON MARSALIS Sweet Release & Ghost Story album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Sweet Release & Ghost Story
Post Bop 1999
WYNTON MARSALIS A Fiddler’s Tale album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Fiddler’s Tale
Third Stream 1999
WYNTON MARSALIS Listen to the Storytellers: A Trio Of Musical Tales From Around The World album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Listen to the Storytellers: A Trio Of Musical Tales From Around The World
Third Stream 1999
WYNTON MARSALIS Reeltime album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Reeltime
Vocal Jazz 1999
WYNTON MARSALIS The Marciac Suite album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Marciac Suite
Post Bop 1999
WYNTON MARSALIS Wynton Marsalis - Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic , Esa-Pekka Salonen ‎– All Rise album cover 1.00 | 1 ratings
Wynton Marsalis - Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic , Esa-Pekka Salonen ‎– All Rise
Third Stream 2002
WYNTON MARSALIS The Magic Hour album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Magic Hour
Post Bop 2004
WYNTON MARSALIS Unforgiveable Blackness – The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Unforgiveable Blackness – The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2004
WYNTON MARSALIS The War - A Ken Burns Film album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The War - A Ken Burns Film
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2007
WYNTON MARSALIS Congo Square album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Congo Square
Progressive Big Band 2007
WYNTON MARSALIS From the Plantation to the Penitentiary album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
From the Plantation to the Penitentiary
Post Bop 2007
WYNTON MARSALIS He and She album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
He and She
Post Bop 2009
WYNTON MARSALIS Christmas Jazz Jam album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Christmas Jazz Jam
Post Bop 2009
WYNTON MARSALIS JLCO with Wynton Marsalis and St. Louis Symphony : Swing Symphony album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
JLCO with Wynton Marsalis and St. Louis Symphony : Swing Symphony
Third Stream 2019
WYNTON MARSALIS Motherless Brooklyn OST album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Motherless Brooklyn OST
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2019
WYNTON MARSALIS Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra : The Ever Fonky Lowdown album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra : The Ever Fonky Lowdown
Third Stream 2020

WYNTON MARSALIS EPs & splits

WYNTON MARSALIS Night Life / I'm Gonna Find Another You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Night Life / I'm Gonna Find Another You
Blues 2018

WYNTON MARSALIS live albums

WYNTON MARSALIS Takes Off With Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Takes Off With Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers
Hard Bop 1981
WYNTON MARSALIS Wynton (aka 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wynton (aka "First Recordings" The Bubba's Sessions)
Hard Bop 1983
WYNTON MARSALIS The All American Hero album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The All American Hero
Post Bop 1985
WYNTON MARSALIS Tomasi: Concerto For Trumpet And Orchestra / Jolivet: Concerto No. 2 For Trumpet - Concertino For Trumpet, String Orchestra And Piano album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tomasi: Concerto For Trumpet And Orchestra / Jolivet: Concerto No. 2 For Trumpet - Concertino For Trumpet, String Orchestra And Piano
Third Stream 1986
WYNTON MARSALIS Carnaval album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Carnaval
Third Stream 1987
WYNTON MARSALIS Baroque Music for Trumpets album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Baroque Music for Trumpets
Third Stream 1988
WYNTON MARSALIS Live at Blues Alley album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Live at Blues Alley
Hard Bop 1988
WYNTON MARSALIS Wynton Marsalis & Judith Lynn Stillman : On The Twentieth Century album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wynton Marsalis & Judith Lynn Stillman : On The Twentieth Century
Third Stream 1993
WYNTON MARSALIS In This House On This Morning album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In This House On This Morning
Swing 1994
WYNTON MARSALIS The London Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The London Concert
Third Stream 1994
WYNTON MARSALIS In Gabriel’s Garden album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Gabriel’s Garden
Third Stream 1996
WYNTON MARSALIS Live at The Village Vanguard album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at The Village Vanguard
Post Bop 1999
WYNTON MARSALIS Black Cultured Pearl & Wynton Marsalis ‎: Goin' Down Home album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Cultured Pearl & Wynton Marsalis ‎: Goin' Down Home
Hard Bop 1999
WYNTON MARSALIS Live at the House of Tribes album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Live at the House of Tribes
Post Bop 2005
WYNTON MARSALIS The Wynton Marsalis Quintet & Richard Galliano - From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf: Live in Marciac album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Wynton Marsalis Quintet & Richard Galliano - From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf: Live in Marciac
Post Bop 2010
WYNTON MARSALIS Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton: Play the Blues - Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton: Play the Blues - Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center
Blues 2011
WYNTON MARSALIS Wynton Marsalis Septet : United We Swing - Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wynton Marsalis Septet : United We Swing - Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas
RnB 2018

WYNTON MARSALIS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

WYNTON MARSALIS re-issues & compilations

WYNTON MARSALIS Portrait of Wynton Marsalis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Portrait of Wynton Marsalis
Third Stream 1988
WYNTON MARSALIS Resolution To Swing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Resolution To Swing
Post Bop 1993
WYNTON MARSALIS Wynton Marsalis with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers Vol.1: Time Will Tell album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wynton Marsalis with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers Vol.1: Time Will Tell
Hard Bop 1995
WYNTON MARSALIS Wynton Marsalis with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers Vol.2: My Ideal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wynton Marsalis with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers Vol.2: My Ideal
Hard Bop 1995
WYNTON MARSALIS The Jazz Masters: Live at Bubba's 1980 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jazz Masters: Live at Bubba's 1980
Hard Bop 1996
WYNTON MARSALIS Wynton Marsalis with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers Live at Bubba's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wynton Marsalis with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers Live at Bubba's
Hard Bop 1996
WYNTON MARSALIS Classic Wynton album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Classic Wynton
Post Bop 1998
WYNTON MARSALIS At the Octoroon Balls, A Fiddler's Tale Suite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At the Octoroon Balls, A Fiddler's Tale Suite
Third Stream 1999
WYNTON MARSALIS Selections From the Village Vanguard Box album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Selections From the Village Vanguard Box
Post Bop 2000
WYNTON MARSALIS Popular Songs: The Best of Wynton Marsalis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Popular Songs: The Best of Wynton Marsalis
Post Bop 2001
WYNTON MARSALIS The Essential Wynton Marsalis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Essential Wynton Marsalis
Post Bop 2007
WYNTON MARSALIS Standards & Ballads album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Standards & Ballads
Post Bop 2008
WYNTON MARSALIS Selections From Swinging Into The 21st album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Selections From Swinging Into The 21st
Swing 2011
WYNTON MARSALIS The Music of America album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Music of America
Progressive Big Band 2012
WYNTON MARSALIS The Spiritual Side of Wynton Marsalis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Spiritual Side of Wynton Marsalis
Jazz Related Gospel 2013

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Blues & Swing
Post Bop 2002
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In This House, On This Morning
Swing 2006
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Congo Square
Post Bop 2008

WYNTON MARSALIS Reviews

WYNTON MARSALIS Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra : The Ever Fonky Lowdown

Album · 2020 · Third Stream
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After an incredibly long and productive buildup, it looks like Wynton Marsalis has hit the apex of his career with “The Ever Fonky Low Down”, a tour de force of spoken word, music and dance that speaks volumes against the negative forces that have been on the rise in recent times. The album itself is excellent, but I do hope someday he makes the filmed performance of this more available because with dancers, a large music ensemble and a charismatic narrator in Wendall Pierce, much of the appeal of this opus is visual. The real star of the show here is the lengthy text read by Pierce as the hustling character, Mr Game (“Sell you a loan that will take your home“). Mr Game is part insincere wealthy preacher, corrupt politician and conniving criminal hustler all rolled into one as he attempts to brainwash his audience. The words were all written by Wynton, who is apparently just as talented at libretto as he is with music as he displays the background for the cynical logic that threatens our world today. I won’t try to give out too many details about Mr Game’s rap as he tries to deride ‘they’ and buildup ‘his people’, but you will hear similarities to Hitler’s speech about the Polish people, Trump’s exaggerated and fabricated claims about illegal immigrants and the twisted logic of those who try to justify, or deny, the evils of slavery, genocide and ‘ethnic cleansing’. But its not just about the Mr Games of the world, instead, Wynton is challenging us to look deeper at how we react to Mr Game and his opponents. Do we let them manipulate and divide us, or are we able to think for ourselves and keep our moral compass on track.

The rhythms on here are pure New Orleans in many flavors such as RnB, Dixieland, odd metered modern jazz, post bop modal grooves, street marches and more. On top of this rhythmic foundation Wynton interjects his orchestrations that show similarities to Ellington, Mingus, Stravinsky, Bernstein and Sun Ra. There are plenty of hot solos from the all-star band and lots of free form interaction during the longer jams. It's very telling that the music is based in New Orleans, that fertile birthplace of creativity from which a subjugated people ended up spreading their culture and changing much of the world. As mentioned before, this is a very visual production and its great watching the three male dancers improvise and move in synchronicity with methods taken from jazz ballet and New Orleans street dancing. Also enjoyable is Wendall Pierce’s very charismatic performance, especially when his eyes flash like the devil when Mr Game moves in for the ‘closer‘. Wynton's hand picked musicians bring much personality to the proceedings as well, particularly the three female singers and blues/country guitarist and vocalist Doug Wamble, whose southern drawl can sound charming and also ironically troubling.

What makes ‘Fonky Lowdown’ so powerful is that Marsalis has very thoroughly laid out what dangers lay in wait in today’s world. In a recent interview Wynton pointed out, “This is no time to be sleep walking”. I was already aware of much of what Marsalis relates here, but I have never heard it all illustrated in such a cohesive manner, once again, in Wynton’s own words, “showing us a blueprint on how to rise above populist propaganda”. Don’t expect easy answers or liberal platitudes on how to make things better. Also don't expect cliche shaming and a roll call of past grievances. Instead, Marsalis is shooting for bigger game as he displays the thinking that allows those that should know better to stand by while the 'Mr Games' of the world go about their business. 'Fonky Lowdown' is a call for everyone to pay attention and be ready to act if needed.

WYNTON MARSALIS JLCO with Wynton Marsalis and St. Louis Symphony : Swing Symphony

Album · 2019 · Third Stream
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Certainly Wynton Marsalis has worn many different hats in his career as a musician, but possibly his strongest talent is as a classic 3rd stream composer, and his latest effort “Swing Symphony”, does much to bear this out. Much like Stravinsky and Ravel, Marsalis is a ‘natural composer’, that is to say, no matter how complex or complicated his music may get, it always seems to roll along as naturally as someone walking down the street whistling a favorite melody. This is an ambitious piece that strives to present the history of jazz in a concert hall setting, but don’t expect a dry history lesson, do expect some swingin music and plenty of hot solos backed by driving rhythmic accompaniment.

Much of “Swing Symphony” recalls that time period when jazz first met classical under the guidance of composers like Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Darius Milhaud and others. In that respect this piece could be seen as ‘future retro’ in that it captures the modern tone of a certain era that manages to remain modern in appearance for all history, for instance, the always futuristic style known as art deco. In many ways, the more experimental music of the 20s and 30s is the art deco of the musical world. Wynton’s symphony does not stay in the 30s, but even as the presented musical styles move up to the late 20th century, its that early mix of classical and jazz that marks the overall tone of this piece.

Avoiding a laborious retelling of all the events in “Swing Symphony”, it is interesting to note some of the highlights. Before the symphony gets into jazz’s roots as ragtime, there is a brief opening section that recalls Ellington’s version of African music. Yes, it all starts with Africa, and I never doubted Wynton would start anywhere else. After this, the ragtime arrangements kick in and then there is a trumpet break, who is this, Buddy Bolden or Louie Armstrong or possibly a little bit of both. In the third movement of the symphony we find ourselves in the swing era and Wynton does a great job of capturing the sound of the Ellington saxophone section.

The fourth movement opens like a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie as we move from bebop to Afro-Cuban. A particularly melancholic saxophone melody closes out this movement and it is quite possibly a reference to the tragic downfall of one of jazz’s most prominent geniuses, Charlie Parker. As we move through the last three movements the music becomes more abstract and dissonant, often recalling Edgar Varese, Charles Ives, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Gil Evans. Movement five features a modal hard bop jam in the style of Coltrane and Miles, and in movement six we get some rather brutish and clumsy rhythms, possibly a satirical jab at fusion. Movement seven brings back an African groove, this time existing halfway between the worlds of the Duke and Sun Ra with a dash of Stravinsky and the symphony closes out with a floating abstract return to swing.

“Swing Symphony” is one of those pieces that should gain strength through the ages and hopefully it will find its deserved place in the concert hall 3rd stream repertoire. Its easy to imagine a future symphonic program that might include Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, Stravinsky’s “Ebony Concerto”, Ellington’s “Black, Brown and Beige’, and Marsalis’ swingin symphony.

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