Jazz In The Bittersweet Blues Of Life

Jazz In The Bittersweet Blues Of Life

by Wynton Marsalis, Carl Vigeland

Paperback(First Da Capo Press Edition)



Experience the inspiration and joy of creation and performance in Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of Life , an intimate portrait of a unique artist and his audience. Set in the studio, on the stage, and in great cities and small towns across the country, this book captures life on the road for Marsalis and his musicians, evoking its ritual and renewal, energy and spirituality. Describing the art of improvisation, the book's two voices mirror the interplay at the heart of jazz. "On the road and on the bandstand," Marsalis writes, "something great may happen at any moment, something that might even change your life." Alternately luminous and boisterous, often poignant, and always passionate, Marsalis and Vigeland's extraordinary dialogue is a must for fans, musicians, and anyone curious about America's only indigenous art form.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306811272
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 07/09/2002
Edition description: First Da Capo Press Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Born in 1961 near New Orleans, Louisiana to a musical family that included his pianist father Ellis, saxophonist brother Branford, and trombonist brother Delfeayo, Wynton Marsalis studied both jazz and classical trumpet. At eighteen, he entered the Juilliard School, and the next year joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, the acclaimed band in which generations of emerging jazz artists honed their craft. He has toured with Herbie Hancock and won Grammy Awards for his jazz and classical concerto records.

He has recorded a series of hard-bop inspired ballads ("Marsalis Standard Time: Volume 1-3"), paid tribute to his native city ("Crescent City Christmas Card"), and written a suite for choreography in the spirit of Duke Ellington ("Citi Movement"). As co-founder and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, Marsalis has been dedicated to presenting the work of jazz masters such as Ellington and Thelonious Monk in formal concert halls. He is a tireless advocate for music education, from hosting a public television series to writing an instructive companion book, Marsalis On Music. He was also a major figure in Ken Burns' documentary, JAZZ.

In March 2001, Marsalis was awarded the United Nations designation of "Messenger of Peace" by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and in June 2002, received the Congressional "Horizon Award." When not on tour, he lives in New York. Carl Vigeland is the author of several books, including, with Wynton Marsalis, Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of Life (see page 33). He has written about golf and many other subjects for such magazines as Golf Digest, Playboy, the Atlantic Monthly, Fast Company, and DoubleTake. He lives in Massachusetts.

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