Still Standing Tall
A Special Fourth of July Edition of Talk of the Nation

Produced by Talk of the Nation and NPR Music in collaboration with
Jazz at Lincoln Center and Murray Street Productions

View the "Still Standing Tall" photo gallery!

Wynton Marsalis photographed by Keith Major  

July 4, 2002 -- Live from historic Battery Park in New York City (steps away from the World Trade Center site) Host Neal Conan anchors a special the three-hour program exploring themes of freedom and democracy through jazz -- what trumpeter and band leader Wynton Marsalis calls "the most democratic of art forms."

Marsalis (above, left), Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, will be on stage guiding the performance of his Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and will be joined by pianist Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Cuban Big Band, The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble, and additional special guests. The concert will be a highlight of New York's summer-long Downtown NYC River-to-River Festival 2002.

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"Still Standing Tall" will be hosted on stage by Gary Walker from WBGO, Newark; WNYC, New York is media sponsor of the festival. Below find a show schedule and additional information, including some great Web links related to the guests and topics; a photo gallery of the event will be posted on Friday, July 6.

HOUR 1: "Jazz -- The Music of Freedom"
Wynton Marsalis, First Jazz Artist to win a Pulitzer (1997 for "Blood on the Fields")

Music: The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble

HOUR 2: "Rebuilding New York City"

Stanley Mieses, Lower Manhattan resident and regular Talk of the Nation guest
Holly Leicht, Director of Design Planning & Advocacy, NYC Municipal Arts Society and Co-director of Imagine New York
Reno, stand up comedienne (left), currently starring in a one-woman show, Rebel Without a Pause, at New York's Lion Theatre

Music: The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

HOUR 3: "The Democracy of Jazz"
Tenor Saxophonist Andy Middleton Tenor Saxophonist Andy Middleton

Howard Mandel, author of Future Jazz (Oxford University 2000), contributor to Downbeat magazine, and president, Jazz Journalists Association
Andy Middleton (left, top), New York-based tenor saxophonist and composer
Loren Schoenberg (left, bottom), tenor saxophonist, NPR Jazz commentator, conductor for Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and guest conductor for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Executive Director of The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, co-author of the upcoming The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Jazz

Music: Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Cuban Big Band

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Other Resources

  • Downtown NYC River-to-River Festival 2002
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • The Wynton Marsalis Web site
  • Imagine New York
  • The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
  • The Andy Middleton Web site
  • The Jazz from Lincoln Center show archive