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New Wynton Marsalis Documentary to Air on HBO

Jazzed Magazine • News • August 22, 2013

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The HBO Family documentary Wynton Marsalis: A Youngarts Masterclass kicks off the third season of the two-time Emmy®-nominated series, following three promising musicians as they work with the jazz icon.  Selected by the National YoungArts Foundation — which offers talented high-school students from around the country the chance to be mentored by some of the world’s greatest artists — the young virtuosos prepare to perform alongside Marsalis during a performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center, in the series’ season debut on Monday, Sept. 9 (7:30-8:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.

In the episode, the aspiring musicians — saxophonist Patrick Bartley, pianist Tony Madruga, and bass player Russell Hall — meet at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York to practice under the tutelage of jazz master Wynton Marsalis.  The mentees pay close attention as he provides invaluable critique on musicianship and offers insights into the realm of improvisation.   “Jazz is the only music in the world where four people sit up on a bandstand and they have to give shape and logic and form to music as they’re making it,” Marsalis explains. “What musicians do and artists do is they give form to chaos.”

Before their performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis gives each student a word to consider while playing in order to help perfect their craft. Patrick’s is “relaxation,” to harness his excited energy, Russell’s is “concentration,” to listen carefully to the instruments around him, and Tony’s is “freedom,” to venture outside his comfort zone.

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