Wynton Marsalis
American musician
Wynton Marsalis
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.
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Cuban Percussionist and Vocalist Pedrito Martinez: A Look Back on the Journey Thus Far
Huffington Post - 17 days
By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 9, 2017 Unless something unexpected happens (and given this political season, it's a great possibility), 2017 will fill the air with more Cuban music by the best the island nation has to offer. Cuba has quickly become a destination for musical talent in the U.S. in search of the source of all popular music today. And then there are the U.S.-based artists who are celebrating the bridge being reopened between the two countries. A prime example: percussionist/vocalist Pedrito Martinez who has performed with a range of artists searching for top-tier percussion including Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D'Rivera and Bruce Springsteen. He is also lauded by the great Latin jazz star Rubén Blades, who says, "In a musical world so filled with counterfeit output, it is refreshing to see a genuine talent like Pedrito emerge. Always curious, forever searching, restless, he's the type of artist whose product is forever fres ...
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Jazz great teaches kids about sound of democracy
CBS News - 20 days
Thirty-one years after jazz great Wynton Marsalis kicked off Super Bowl XX with a rousing rendition of the national anthem, the legendary trumpet player is teaching kids around the country about the sound of democracy. Jericka Duncan reports.
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Jazz great teaches kids about sound of democracy
CBS News - 22 days
Thirty-one years after jazz great Wynton Marsalis kicked off Super Bowl XX with a rousing rendition of the national anthem, the legendary trumpet player is teaching kids around the country about the sound of democracy. Jericka Duncan reports.
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Altercation: You Can't Hide Your Lyin' Everything...
Huffington Post - about 1 month
So Bob Herbert did a nice long (for TV) interview with me for CUNY-TV about the state of the media under a Trump Presidency and that's here http://www.cuny.tv/show/opedtv/PR2005875 I also did a column on same for Index on Censorship, which is here http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0306422016685989a Finally, if you are interested in the history of presidential lying, and the first modern use of the term "Post-Truth Presidency," well, get thee here https://www.amazon.com/When-Presidents-Lie-Deception-Consequences/dp/0670032093 Also, speaking of excellent work by people named "Alterman," check out the most talented (since perhaps Natan Alterman) and certainly the handsomest, jazz pianist Joe (no relation) Alterman's new album on digital, here https://www.amazon.com/Comin-Home-You-Joe-Alterman/dp/B01N7K3P5G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485361128&sr=8-1&keywords=joe+alterman Dizzy: My Head is Spinning: And speaking of Jazz masters, my friends at Jazz@L ...
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Review: Wynton Marsalis’s Urban Symphony for the Philharmonic
NYTimes - about 2 months
“The Jungle,” a long and demanding score that fuses contrasting styles, received an abbreviated premiere at David Geffen Hall.
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Top 5 Sizzling Hot Winter Music Festivals in Frigid New York City
Huffington Post - 2 months
(l. to r.) Andrew Cyrille; photo: Petra Cvelbar; Thelonious Monk (1966); photo: Everett Collection By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, December 28, 2016 Think the brutal cold and sometimes snow or freezing rain of New York in January can keep musicians and crowds off the streets and huddled under blankets at home? Think again. In fact, it seems that the city's annual festivals have found a vital life in one of the darkest and bleakest months of the year. Think of it as the heat factor in the short days of daylight. There is no hibernation season, but rather a sizzling of high-caliber music that has been sprouting to life despite the chill. You'd think summer, with all its green glory, would be the season of choice for music--especially jazz--to swing right into our lives. But the gray, leafless, snowy or icy season of the winter wonderland has in recent years made for a different kind of celebration that eclipses other times of the year. Of course, the cultural impact of ...
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A New Work From Wynton Marsalis at David Geffen Hall
NYTimes - 2 months
Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in the world premiere of Mr. Marsalis’s “The Jungle.”
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The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Swings In The Holidays
NPR - 2 months
No stories, no interviews — just good jazz. Listen as Wynton Marsalis leads the orchestra through new arrangements of holiday classics. (Image credit: Frank Stewart/Jazz At Lincoln Center)
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The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Performs Holiday Favorites
NPR - 2 months
Watch the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra present swinging and soulful arrangements of favorite seasonal songs with Wynton Marsalis and a special guest, singer Catherine Russell. (Image credit: Frank Stewart /Jazz At Lincoln Center)
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 3 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to Grammy.com for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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The Trouble With Trump (And Everything Else)
Huffington Post - 5 months
The Trouble with Trump. Here is my post on the debate for Billmoyers. com, "The GOP is MIA" Here are my most recent Nation Columns: 1) It's Time for Newspapers to Abandon Unsigned Editorials 2) 'Normalizing' Trump 3) The New Anti-Trump Blame Game Alter-reviews: 1) Jazz@Lincoln Center piano celebration: The season-opener for this year's schedule by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis was called "HANDFUL OF KEYS: A CENTURY OF JAZZ PIANO." The program ranged in age from Dick Hyman, who is a spry 89, and the amazing Joey Alexander who is now 13 but who has been amazing for four years already. Dan Nimmer, who is the regularly amazing pianist for the orchestra began the show and was followed by Helen Sung, Isaiah J. Thompson, Myra Melford, and Larry Willis, along with the above. there. It was an inventive program--Wynton's father, Ellis Marsalis is a pianist and a much beloved teacher in New Orleans and the son of a jazz pianist himself. The co ...
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Wynton Marsalis leads CBS tribute to Morley Safer
Yahoo News - 5 months
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News paid tribute to late "60 Minutes" reporter Morley Safer on Thursday with some New Orleans jazz from Wynton Marsalis, a letter from the prime minister of his native Canada and a few hearty laughs.
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Mega Jazz Action Coming To New York This Fall
Huffington Post - 6 months
By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc's Senior Editor, September 8, 2016 After a summer's worth of primo jazz festivals spread all over the city of New York and throughout North America and Europe, you'd think that the end of August would signal the shuttering of 2016's jazz celebrations. Think again. The party was really just getting started as the two most important jazz festivals in the world launch in September. First, there was the Detroit International Jazz Festival (on Labor Day weekend, September 2-5). It's in its 37th year and prides itself in being the world's largest free jazz fest, featuring top-tier artists as well as talented Detroiters performing on four major downtown outdoor stages and in a nightly jam session at the Detroit Marriot's indoor Renaissance Center. Then a couple of weeks later the Monterey Jazz Festival--a stone's throw from the Pacific Ocean (the smell of salt in the air as well as oftentimes chilly fog-driven temps)--stages its three-day jazz-and-beyond bash o ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Wynton Marsalis
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 54
    At a ceremony in September 2016 Marsalis was honored with a 2015 National Humanities Medal
    More Details Hide Details Pulitzer Prize for Music Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra) Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children Jazz critic Scott Yanow regards Marsalis as talented but has criticized his "selective knowledge of jazz history" and has said that he feels the fact that Marsalis considers "post-1965 avant-garde playing to be outside of jazz and 1970s fusion to be barren" to be the unfortunate result of the "somewhat eccentric beliefs of Stanley Crouch". Bassist Stanley Clarke said "All the guys that are criticizing—like Wynton Marsalis and those guys—I would hate to be around to hear those guys playing on top of a groove!" Mr. Clarke also admitted, "These things I've said about Wynton are my criticism of him, but the positive things I have to say about him outweigh the negative. He has brought respectability back to Jazz"
  • FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 49
    Marsalis, with Julyssa Almanza and Valerie Almanza, were group recipients of the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award.
    More Details Hide Details Marsalis has toured 30 countries on every continent except Antarctica, and nearly five million copies of his recordings have been sold worldwide.
  • 2009
    Age 47
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1996
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The city of Marciac, France, erected a bronze statue in his honor.
  • 1995
    Age 33
    Time magazine's list of promising Americans under the age 40 selected Marsalis in 1995, and in 1996, Time celebrated Marsalis as one of America's 25 most influential people.
    More Details Hide Details In November 2005, Marsalis received the National Medal of Arts. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan proclaimed Marsalis an international ambassador of goodwill for the United States by appointing him a UN Messenger of Peace (2001). In 1997, Marsalis became the first jazz musician ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his epic oratorio, Blood on the Fields. In a personal note to Marsalis, Zarin Mehta wrote, "I was not surprised at your winning the Pulitzer Prize for Blood on the Fields. It is a broad, beautifully painted canvas that impresses and inspires. It speaks to us all... I'm sure that, somewhere in the firmament, Buddy Bolden, Louis Armstrong and legions of others are smiling down on you."
    Also, in 1995, National Public Radio aired the first of Marsalis' 26-week series, entitled Making the Music.
    More Details Hide Details His radio and television series were awarded the George Foster Peabody Award. Marsalis has also written five books: Sweet Swing Blues on the Road, Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of Life, To a Young Musician: Letters from the Road, Jazz ABZ (an A to Z collection of poems celebrating jazz greats), and his most recent release Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life. There is a Language Arts study guide available for Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life for high school English teachers who desire to integrate the arts into their classrooms. It is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and has audio and visual supplemental materials. In 1987, Marsalis co-founded a jazz program at Lincoln Center. In July 1996, Jazz at Lincoln Center was installed as a new constituent of Lincoln Center. In October 2004, Marsalis opened Frederick P. Rose Hall, the world's first institution for jazz containing three performance spaces (including the first concert hall designed specifically for jazz), along with recording, broadcast, rehearsal and educational facilities. Marsalis serves as Artistic Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center and Music Director for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. One of his most recent releases was a 2011 collaboration with blues-rock guitarist Eric Clapton, a Jazz at Lincoln Center concert that produced the live album Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues.
    In 1995, PBS premiered Marsalis on Music, an educational television series on jazz and classical music hosted and written by Marsalis.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He is one of only two artists to win Grammy Awards for five consecutive years of musical contributions. (The other artist is polka bandleader Jimmy Sturr. As a comparison standpoint, but in a different realm, Bill Cosby has earned six consecutive Grammys for Best Comedy Performance/Recording.) Honorary degrees Marsalis has received include those conferred by New York University, Columbia, Harvard, Howard, the State University of New York, Princeton, University of Vermont and Yale. Marsalis was honored with the Louis Armstrong Memorial Medal and the Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence in the Arts. He was inducted into the American Academy of Achievement, and was dubbed an Honorary Dreamer by the I Have a Dream Foundation. The New York Urban League awarded Marsalis with the Frederick Douglass Medallion for distinguished leadership and the American Arts Council presented him with the Arts Education Award.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1980
    Age 18
    In 1980, he joined the Jazz Messengers led by Art Blakey.
    More Details Hide Details In the years that followed, Marsalis performed with Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Sweets Edison, Clark Terry, Sonny Rollins, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams and countless other jazz musicians.
  • 1979
    Age 17
    He moved to New York City to attend Juilliard in 1979, and picked up gigs around town.
    More Details Hide Details During this period, Marsalis received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to spend time and study with trumpet innovator Woody Shaw, one of Marsalis' major influences at the time.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Marsalis brothers are: Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis III (1964), Delfeayo Marsalis, Mboya Kinyatta Marsalis (1971), and Jason Marsalis. Branford, Delfeayo, Jason and father Ellis are also jazz musicians. Ellis III is a poet, photographer, and network engineer based in Baltimore. At age eight, Wynton performed traditional New Orleans music in the Fairview Baptist Church band led by banjoist Danny Barker, and at 14, he performed with the New Orleans Philharmonic. During high school, Marsalis performed with the New Orleans Symphony Brass Quintet, New Orleans Community Concert Band, New Orleans Youth Orchestra, New Orleans Symphony, various jazz bands and with a local funk band, the Creators. Marsalis graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School with a 3.98 GPA. At age 17, he was the youngest musician admitted to Tanglewood's Berkshire Music Center, where he won the school's Harvey Shapiro Award for outstanding brass student.
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