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Blood on the Fields: Wynton Marsalis and the Transformation of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

Alex Stewart

in Making the Scene

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249530
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940161 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249530.003.0012
Blood on the Fields: Wynton Marsalis and the Transformation of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

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This chapter discusses the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. It includes an analysis of Wynton Marsalis's Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio, Blood on the Fields, and the relationship of this work to his efforts to build an orchestra in the Ellington mold. The chapter addresses why he let go of his original all-star band to work with young, mostly inexperienced players from outside New York, and how Blood reflected changes in his musical thinking and his ideology.

Keywords: Wynton Marsalis; jazz orchestra; Lincoln Center; Pulitzer Prize; oratorio; Blood on Fields; Ellington

Chapter.  13636 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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