[Dixielandjazz] Fw: [TPIN] QUESTIONS FOR WYNTON MARSALIS
cellblk7 at comcast.net
Mon Oct 4 09:53:37 PDT 2004
OKOM in a way...this off the TPIN...be sure to read the interview with
Wynton M., it sounds like he leads quite a life!
Cell Block 7 Jazz Band
1617 Lakeshore Dr.,
Lodi, Ca. 95242
Because I play trumpet, I envy no man!
----- Original Message -----
From: "WILMER WISE" <wiseone2 at verizon.net>
To: "Miltenberger, Bart" <miltenbe at wharton.upenn.edu>
Cc: "Jim McIlvain" <jim_mcilvain at yahoo.com>; <tpin at tpin.okcu.edu>
Sent: Monday, October 04, 2004 10:10 AM
Subject: Re: [TPIN] QUESTIONS FOR WYNTON MARSALIS
> Last month, while rumors were flying about Wynton's alleged chop
> trouble, we got together at the new home of the LCJO. It is a
> remarkable space. The Rose Auditorium was being worked on as we stood
> on stage.
> New York is going to have a grand new venue for music, and not just
> jazz performance.
> The lobby has a window that looks down on Central Park. It will be a
> breath-taking display of fall foliage when it opens on October 18.
> The club that bears Diz' name also has a view..........Wow!
> They have rehearsal space, a state of the art recording studio and the
> big hall which is magnificent.
> Wynton is growing as a public figure and as a trumpet player.
> On Monday, October 4, 2004, at 08:32 AM, Miltenberger, Bart wrote:
> > Thanks for the post, Jim.
> > I think Wynton handled that interview with grace and dignity - and a
> > sense of humor. The interviewer on the other hand seemed a bit
> > mean-spirited and rather antagonistic. Every question was loaded and
> > inflammatory....
> > Bart - Philly Trumpet Player
> > www.thechancetrio.com
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Jim McIlvain [mailto:jim_mcilvain at yahoo.com]
> > Sent: Sunday, October 03, 2004 8:27 PM
> > To: TPIN at tpin.okcu.edu
> > Subject: [TPIN] QUESTIONS FOR WYNTON MARSALIS
> > QUESTIONS FOR WYNTON MARSALIS
> > The Music Man
> > Interview by DEBORAH SOLOMON
> > Published: October 3, 2004
> > Do you feel personally responsible for the acoustics at your deluxe
> > new
> > home, Frederick P. Rose
> > Hall?
> > Acoustics is like a draft pick. Until you get out and start playing
> > games, you don't know how it's
> > going to go.
> > So what if you blow your trumpet and the sound is fuzzy?
> > It won't happen. It's going to sound good. I can feel it.
> > On opening night, you're performing with the first musicians you ever
> > played with: your dad,
> > Ellis, your oldest brother, Branford, and your two younger brothers.
> > The program is called ''One Family of Jazz,'' and some of the other
> > jazz
> > orchestra musicians will
> > be playing with relatives, too.
> > What was it like, growing up in a jazz-obsessed household in New
> > Orleans?
> > My father used to say, ''If you want to be different, you got to do
> > something different.''
> > Wise advice. What did you do differently?
> > If you practice an hour a day, you'll be like everybody who practices
> > an
> > hour a day. If you want
> > to be great, you be the one doing five hours a day.
> > Did your dad put a lot of pressure on you to succeed?
> > No. My father never put pressure on me. He's too cool for that kind of
> > stuff.
> > How do you define cool?
> > The house could fall down and everyone would be running around, and he
> > would still be sitting in
> > his same chair.
> > You're often accused of being a cultural reactionary, of denouncing
> > contemporary music.
> > Once we went away from professional musicianship in American popular
> > song -- from the big bands
> > populated with great musicians like Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington
> > and
> > Count Basie -- we went in
> > a direction that has not borne great fruit for us.
> > You can't just ignore a person like Bob Dylan.
> > My point is not about a person. It's about a direction in American
> > culture.
> > But then you're not talking about music, you're talking about
> > position-taking.
> > Positions are the only thing worth espousing in public.
> > You've declined to marry either of the women who gave birth to your
> > children. Is that a position?
> > That's complicated.
> > Do you think you'll ever marry?
> > I don't know. I don't know that I could be a good husband. In terms of
> > my personal life, I don't
> > try to be a saint.
> > Because art makes you needy?
> > Art makes you greedy too.
> > Doesn't it get lonely spending 10 months a year on the road, living out
> > of a hotel room?
> > It depends on what goes on in the room.
> > You seem fairly content for an artist.
> > When I'm sad, I'm happy that I can be sad.
> > Which means what, exactly?
> > It's the blues. It's like when they say, I am going down the road to
> > put
> > my head on the tracks,
> > and when the train comes along, I am going to snatch my full head back.
> > The blues influenced a lot of pop music. Shouldn't you be more tolerant
> > of it, then?
> > All music is contemporary to me. If I put on a Beethoven sonata, it's
> > contemporary.
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