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Wynton Marsalis & Ethan Iverson: A Conversation on Jazz & Race

A freewheeling discussion from the 2018 Jazz Congress in NYC

Ethan Iverson, Andre Guess and Wynton Marsalis (from left) discuss jazz and race (photo by Lawrence Sumulong/JALC)

At the inaugural Jazz Congress, co-produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes in New York City on Jan. 11-12, among the most anticipated events was a conversation on jazz and race featuring JALC managing and artistic director Wynton Marsalis and Ethan Iverson, a founding member of the Bad Plus, an important jazz blogger and a pianist with a deep reverence for jazz history. Moderated by artist manager/consultant Andre Guess, the hour-long conversation in JALC’s the Appel Room moved swiftly through ideas and anecdotes while never losing its feeling of diplomacy and mutual respect. Here are some highlights.

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