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  • Live Webcast: Wynton speaking at University of Vermont’s commencement ceremony

    Posted on May 18th, 2013 in Speech | 4

    Acclaimed jazz and classical musician Wynton Marsalis will be the featured speaker at the University of Vermont’s commencement ceremony on May 19, 2013. The main ceremony, with Wynton as commencement speaker, will begin at 8:20 a.m. on the University Green. Wynton will start speaking at 9am EDT. Watch him live on http://live.vpt.org/uvm/uvm-main.html   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis to Deliver 2013 Commencement Address at UVM

    Posted on January 10th, 2013 in Speech | 1

    Acclaimed jazz and classical musician Wynton Marsalis will be the featured speaker at the University of Vermont’s commencement ceremony on May 19, 2013. Celebrated for his contributions as a performer, composer, bandleader and educator, trumpeter Marsalis has won nine Grammy Awards. He is the only artist in history to have received Grammys for five consecutive years and to have received a Grammy for both jazz and classical music in the same year (1983).   Keep reading »

  • Speech for The Century Association’s Monthly Meeting of Members

    Posted on December 13th, 2010 in Speech | 1

    December 2nd 2010 New York City My great uncle was born in 1890. He was an artisan who cut the names and last statements of the deceased into their resting stones. I lived with him for the entirety of my 6th year and visited on many weekends. He taught me so many valuable lessons passed down from ‘old folks sometime long ago’ in stories, songs and folkways. My experiences with him saved me from falling into the generation gap. I return in my mind always to his shotgun house on Gov. Nicholls St. in New Orleans with its lack of hot water, 1930’…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton to be featured as a High-Impact speaker at the 2010 National School Board Association Confere

    Posted on April 1st, 2010 in Speech | 7

    Wynton Marsalis will be a featured High-Impact speaker at the 70th Annual National School Board Association (NSBA) Conference in Chicago on Sunday, April 11, 2010. The Pulitzer Prize-winning, Arts education advocate will speak to Board Members, Superintendents and other school official representing over 1,500 of the nation’s largest school districts accounting for over 18 million school children. Other speakers include Charlie Rose, and Steve Wozniak.   Keep reading »

  • Transcript and audio recording of Wynton giving entire Northwestern Commencement speech

    Posted on June 26th, 2009 in Speech, Transcript | 2

    Even though the rain kept me from giving the entire speech I had prepared at Northwestern’s commencement, I wanted to make the full transcript and the audio available to you all.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton will be Northwestern’s 151st commencement speaker

    Posted on March 6th, 2009 in Honors, Speech | 5

    On June 19, 2009, Wynton will speak at Northwestern University‘s 151st commencement and receive an honorary doctor of arts degree. He also will address graduates at the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music convocation June 20.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton to play and speak in Atlanta

    Posted on July 17th, 2008 in Concerts, Speech | 5

    Wynton now is in Atlanta to rehearse with his quintet and members of Atlanta Simphony Orchestra. On Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodruff Arts Center – Symphony Hall, they will perform music from the CDs “The Midnight Blues” and “Hot House Flowers”, featuring Wynton, Walter Blanding on saxophone, Dan Nimmer on piano, Carlos Henriquez on bass, and Ali Jackson on drums. On July 20, Princeton professor Cornel West and Wynton sit down to discuss artists and the Civil Rights continuum with Carrie Mae Weems.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton to speak at VHA Leadership Conference

    Posted on April 21st, 2008 in Speech | 3

    On Tuesday, May 06, 2008, Wynton will speak at VHA Leadership Conference 2008 in Philadelphia. The speech title will be: Innovation and Jazz: A Talk with Music by Wynton Marsalis. VHA is a national cooperative of leading not-for-profit health care organizations across the nation. VHA serves more than 1,400 hospitals and more than 21,000 non-acute care organizations, assisting these health care organizations with supply chain management and clinical improvement   Keep reading »

  • Wynton to speak for Health Achieve 2007 in Toronto

    Posted on November 1st, 2007 in Speech | 11

    On November 6, 2007 Wynton will speak in Toronto (Canada) for the Health Achieve 2007, an event organized by the Ontario Hospital Association. At OHA HealthAchieve2007, he will share his creative insights with those who aim to sharpen their leadership skills, strengthen their competitive position, and achieve performance excellence. The keynote is entitled: “Innovation and All that Jazz” Hot Corporations Know How to Swing. 10:15 – 11:45 a.m., Rooms 105, 106 & 107, Constitution Hall, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West Schedule: 10:30-11:45AM: Speech presentation to include music plus 5 – 15 minutes of Q&A Room name: Rooms 105, 106, 107 Constitution Hall (North Building) Set list: – Lil Liza Jane –…   Keep reading »

  • Transcript of Wynton’s speech at Jazz in Marciac opening

    Posted on July 31st, 2007 in Photo, Special report, Speech, Transcript | 3

    Yesterday afternoon, Wynton spoke in Marciac for the official opening of the Jazz Festival. He was introduced by the producer Jean-Louis Guilhaumon. Here is the transcript of his speech: Jazz music was born in New Orleans and really comes from the french part of New Orleans. Because musicians…people who was slave, who played drums in Congo Square, and after the Louisiana purchase in 1804, there was always an attempt the keep them from playing. But musicians continued to play and create music that celebrates freedom of the human spirit and many of the great early New Orleans musicians had french…   Keep reading »