After closing out the year with a few performances in New York City, legendary jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will be back on the road early in 2009 for a new round of dates along the East Coast. His next performance with the Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) Orchestra is slated for November 20-22 at the Rose Theater in New York, followed by a December 17-21 run at the New York City Center.

Marsalis will kick off the New Year with a January 17 concert at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, VA, and has dates booked through a May 10 performance at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, NY. His itinerary includes two more runs at the Rose Theater with the orchestra, first on February 19-21 and then on April 16-18.

The award-winning musician has been the artistic director of JALC since he co-founded the program in 1987. Based out of the Frederick P. Rose Hall, the program hosts a number of events in the Rose Theater every year.

One special Rose Theater performance slated for early next year features the pairing of Marsalis and country legend Willie Nelson on February 9 and 10. As a pair, the musicians perform a repertoire of jazz and blues standards such as “Georgia On My Mind” and “Basin Street Blues.” In July 2008, the duo released the live album “Two Men with the Blues,” which was recorded during a January 2007 JALC concert.

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Over the course of his career, Marsalis has released dozens of jazz and classical recordings, both on his own and as director of the JALC Orchestra. Though he is acclaimed for his musical advocacy and talent, Marselis has also been subject to criticism for his strict interpretation of jazz music and its history. Most recently, Quincy Jones criticized Marsalis in the New York’s Daily News, saying that the musician “doesn’t want to hear any other kind of music” than classical jazz.

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Wynton Marsalis itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

November 20 – 22 New York, NY Rose Theater
December 17 – 21 New York, NY New York City Center
January 17 Virginia Beach, VA Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
January 18 Chapel Hill, NC Memorial Hall
January 23 Miami, FL The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
January 24 Jacksonville, FL Lazzara Performance Hall
January 25 Naples, FL Philharmonic Center for the Arts
January 27 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
January 28 West Palm Beach, FL Raymond F. Fravis Center for the Performing Arts
January 29 Savannah, GA Trustees Theater
January 30 Atlanta, GA Atlanta Symphony Hall
February 9 – 10 New York, NY Rose Theater *
February 19 – 21 New York, NY Rose Theater
February 27 Chicago, IL Simphony Hall
February 28 Springfield, IL Sangamon Auditorium
March 1 Indianapolis, IN The Madame Walker Theater
March 3 Sioux City, IA Orpheum Theater
March 6 – 7 Minneapolis, MN Orchestra Hall
March 8 Milwaukee, WI Uihlein Hall
March 10 Ann Arbor, MI Hill Auditorium
March 15 Boston, MA Boston Symphony Hall
March 16 Washington, DC Kennedy Center Concert Hall
March 19 Bergen, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
March 20 Philadelphia, PA Kimmel Center
March 21 Morristown, NJ Mayo Center for the Performing Arts
April 16 – 18 New York, NY Rose Theater
April 24 – 25 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
May 10 New York, NY Avery Fisher Hall

* with Willie Nelson