Essentially Ellington

Monday, May 10, 2010

Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and director of the JLC Orchestra, talks about Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival. He’s joined by Carlos Henriquez, who performed in the competition as a student at LaGuardia High School and is now a member of the JLCO and mentor to the LaGuardia band, and Clarence Acox, director of Seattle's Garfield High School Jazz Band, which won the competition last year and performs this year. The festival concludes Monday May 10, with an evening Concert and Awards Ceremony at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.


Clarence Acox, Carlos Henriquez, and Wynton Marsalis

Comments [5]

Orca from Seattle, WA

As a parent of a participant for the past two years (yes, Garfield), I'll suggest that there are a number of players in the winning bands who practice their art 4-8 hours per day (some more), and certainly the best have invested more than 10,000 hrs to reach this level. The kids dedication, mastery, and knowledge is truly a marvel. What a life, to be inspired and guided by beautiful people such as Wynton and their band directors (Acox)!

May. 14 2010 07:11 PM
Ann from Forest Hills

I encourage new cooks to keep a well stocked pantry (dry and refrigerated)- depending on the types of foods they like - for example; if you like Italian foods - have on hand dry pastas, canned tomatoes, pepperoncini, garlic, parmigiano, etc.

May. 10 2010 01:57 PM
Heather from Brooklyn

I was a student of Garfield HS in the 1990's. Mr. Acox is great, just wanted to give thanks for all he's offered so many students.

May. 10 2010 12:36 PM
In Chicago

Malcolm Gladwell talks about the 10,000 hours needed to master any area. How long does it take jazz students to learn to swing and be in the moment?

May. 10 2010 12:32 PM
Beverly Douglas from Waterloo, IA

This is so great. You can't delve into Ellington without knowing he was a true ambassador for the arts - jazz in particular. Wynton Marsalis is such a committed steward of the arts, artist and human being extrodinaire. Today, I wish I were a teenage attending the competition!

May. 10 2010 12:22 PM

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