It can be a burden, wearing the mantle of the great Jazz Tradition. It’s a mantle Wynton Marsalis has taken on willingly for the past four decades, tirelessly promoting jazz as something worthy to stand beside any other form of music. He’s achieved this through his own recordings as a trumpeter and band-leader, through leading the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra since 1996 and running a huge jazz education programme in thousands of schools across the US, and in recent years through his own large-s
The jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck has died. He was 91 years-old. Brubeck, whose recordings included Take Five, played with the likes of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald. The musician enjoyed huge success with his Dave Brubeck Quartet during the 1950’s and 60’s. Manager Russell Gloyd said the pianist died on Wednesday morning at a hospital in Connecticut. Brubeck would have been 92 on Thursday.