Wynton Marsalis

Born Oct 18, 1961

Wynton Learson Marsalis is a trumpeter, composer, teacher, music educator, and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, United States. Marsalis has promoted the appreciation of classical and jazz music often to young audiences. Marsalis has been awarded nine Grammys in both genres, and a jazz recording of his was the first of its kind to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Marsalis is the son of jazz musician Ellis Marsalis, Jr.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Wynton Marsalis.


1961 Birth Marsalis was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 18, 1961, the second of six sons of Delores (née Ferdinand) and Ellis Louis Marsalis, Jr., a pianist and music professor. … Read More


1979 17 Years Old He moved to New York City to attend Juilliard in 1979, and picked up gigs around town. … Read More
1980 18 Years Old In 1980, he joined the Jazz Messengers led by Art Blakey. … Read More


1983 21 Years Old Marsalis has won nine Grammy Awards. In 1983 and 1984, he became the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards for both jazz and classical records. … Read More


In 1995, PBS premiered Marsalis on Music, an educational television series on jazz and classical music hosted and written by Marsalis.
1996 34 Years Old Marsalis won the Netherlands' Edison Award and the Grand Prix du Disque of France. The Mayor of Vitoria, Spain, awarded him the city's Gold Medal – its most coveted distinction. In 1996, Britain's senior conservatoire, the Royal Academy of Music, made Marsalis an honorary member, the Academy's highest decoration for a non-British citizen. … Read More


2009 47 Years Old The French Ministry of Culture appointed Marsalis the rank of Knight in the Order of Arts and Literature, and in the fall of 2009, Marsalis received France's highest distinction, the insignia Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, an honor that was first awarded by Napoleon Bonaparte.
2011 49 Years Old Marsalis, with Julyssa Almanza and Valerie Almanza, were group recipients of the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award. … Read More


2016 54 Years Old At a ceremony in September 2016 Marsalis was honored with a 2015 National Humanities Medal … Read More
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