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A Hand-Clapping Celebration

Wynton Marsalis c.Luigi Beverelli

Wynton Marsalis c.Luigi Beverelli

When Wynton Marsalis was a shy, gangling teenager, CBS records introduced him to British conductor Raymond Leppard; the label wanted a recording of Classical trumpet concertos. That recording would win the Grammy Award. But even while they were laying down those tracks with the English Chamber Orchestra, Marsalis was moonlighting in the jazz clubs of London.

Wynton Marsalis is a thorough musician whose achievements in the Classical repertoire are as impressive as his jazz career. On Friday’s edition of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis’s vast musical palette pulls together his unique experience for his composition Abyssinian Mass, a gospel celebration. It was written for the 200th anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. He calls the work a collaboration of jazz, gospel, instrumentation, and vocals which follows the form of the African American church service.

Hear Abyssinian Mass on Jazz at Lincoln Center, Friday night at 11:00 PM on WFMT.

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