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Wynton Marsalis swings for the fences
Wynton Marsalis swings for the fences

Wynton Marsalis is explaining jazz to me by talking about my boots. He is coming to Walt Disney Concert Hall this weekend to play his ambitious new composition, "Swing Symphony," with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. But before we get into musical details, he says, "I want you to understand the concept of swing." "It's all about fundamentals," he says. "And what is a fundamental? A fundamental is me and you. We're two different people. I don't have any idea where you're from. Maybe you know I'm from New Orleans. I could look at your glasses, the color of your hair, your shirt, the way you're dressed — you have on boots...

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