ArtsWeek: Wynton Marsalis plays UNC’s Memorial Hall

October 1, 2013 

Wynton Marsalis


Miles Davis, Woody Shaw, Diz and Armstrong are gone; so, too, Freddy Hubbard and Chet Baker. The greatest living trumpeter is Wynton Marsalis, and you can see him Thursday and Friday for either $10 or $100.

Depends on where you sit at Memorial Hall, and whether you have the good fortune to be enrolled at UNC. With Memorial’s prices for the general public ($69 for main floor or mez, for example,) subsidizing rock-bottom student tickets, we despair of seeing this living legend without committing theft.

Marsalis will be worth it for those who pony up.

Memorial Hall has in recent years conjured a spate of top-shelf jazz artists. Kurt Elling and Christian McBride are giants at their respective instruments: vocal and bass. Terence Blanchard takes a backseat to Marsalis as trumpeter, but is one of America’s best living composers. 2007 saw the duet of Chick Corea and vibist Gary Burton.

And 7 p.m. Friday, Dr. Anthony Kelley of Duke lectures on jazz at Historic Playmakers Theater, an educational prelude to a night of music.

Correspondent Tom Hartwell

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Memorial Hall, 208 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill

Tickets: $10 students, $39-$99


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