Wynton's Harvard Lectures:


Wynton's Harvard Lectures

News | Oct, 30th 2017

Hidden in Plain View: Meanings in American Music is a series of six lectures delivered at Harvard University between 2011 and 2014.

The lectures cover many of the fundamental devices, forms, and songs that bind the different Americas together at the root. It is Marsalis' contention that... 

'Me vs. You' and 'Us vs. Y'all' – vs. 'All of Us' – remains the struggle at the heart of humankind and the central debate of our Constitution. How do we achieve a common ground when individual victories are so much more valued? This conundrum has been resolved harmoniously in our musical arts for more than a century.  Under the vibrant din of our democracy, on the lower frequencies, sonic metaphors speak to and for us all.  What they tell us about what it means to be American could serve us well in these divisive and uncivil times.

Now, for the first time, you can watch the entire lecture series online:

Performances by Marsalis' ensemble which includes Walter Blanding (reeds), James Chirillo (guitar), Carlos Henriquez (bass), Ali Jackson (drums), Dan Nimmer (piano), and special guest iconic fiddler Mark O’Connor, punctuate the lecture with musical explanations.


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Spend your Veterans Day swinging to the sounds of World War II era jazz.

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Lucky Peterson, Eric Alexander, and Makaya McCraven also have new albums coming to a record store near you this month.


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