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Marsalis on Music (The Young People's Music Series of Our Time)


Rated: G

Availability: In stock



Language: English

Running Time: 208 minutes

Number of Discs: 4



The acclaimed Marsalis On Music, winner of the Peabody Award, is hosted by Wynton Marsalis, the most popular and acclaimed jazz musician of his generation, as well as a distinguished classical performer. Helped by his jazz band and students from Tanglewood, led by famed conductor Seiji Ozawa, Wynton puts a fresh spin on music and music appreciation. His inspired instruction, reinforced by superb performances and exciting graphics, not only teaches the fundamentals of music, but also makes learning fun.

The four, 52-minute episodes in the Boxed Set:
-Why Toes Tap: Marsalis On Rhythm
-Listening For Clues: Marsalis On Form
-Sousa To Satchmo: Marsalis On The Jazz Band
-Tackling The Monster: Marsalis On Practice

Featured performers include The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, which is made up of high achieving student musicians from across America, the famed conductor Seiji Ozawa and the master cellist YoYo Ma.

Wynton Marsalis, A Brief Biography:
Born October 18, 1961, in New Orleans, the second of six sons of Dolores and Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis began studying trumpet seriously at age twelve. During high school he performed in local marching bands, jazz bands, funk bands, and classical orchestras, and at age eighteen he moved to New York to attend the Juilliard School of Music. In the summer of 1980, he became a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and that same year signed with Columbia Records. Since his self-titled debut was released in 1982, Marsalis' numerous jazz and classical recordings for Columbia and Sony Classical have sold nearly five million copies worldwide. He has taken his jazz groups to thirty countries on six continents, averaging more than 120 concerts per year for many of the past sixteen years.

Marsalis serves as artistic director for the internationally recognised Jazz at Lincoln Center program, which he co-founded in 1987. Under his leadership, the jazz department earned the distinction of being named Lincoln Center's first new constituent organisation since 1969. Several commissioned works for the program are among his most recent successes as a composer. The oratorio Blood on the Fields, written in 1994, was named one of the top ten music highlights of the year by Time magazine. The New York Times Magazine said the work "marked the symbolic moment when the full heritage of the line, Ellington through Mingus, was extended into the present. It also reflects a full awareness of Copland and Stravinsky."

Education continues to be a top priority for Marsalis. One of the most successful aspects of the Jazz at Lincoln Center program has been Marsalis' Jazz for Young People series, which has become a favourite of New York audiences. Throughout the year, Wynton schedules meetings with students wherever he is, and while on the road with his bands he regularly conducts master classes in local schools. The 1996 Peabody Award he won for Marsalis on Music also recognised his informative twenty-six-part National Public Radio series, Making the Music, which was based on Jazz for Young People.



The Jazz Band


About Devine Entertainment:
Devine is an award-winning Canadian-based developer, producer and distributor of high-quality feature films based on historical and timeless stories. The Company's intention is to produce positive and meaningful films that emphasize human values and focus on art, inspiration, and personal expression and simultaneously entertain and educate its principal audience of children from ages six to fourteen years old. The Company's productions are designed to make viewing films a compelling family activity that encourages intellectual interaction. The Company's films have been honored with over 110 international awards, including five Emmy Awards and five Gemini Awards.