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  • Wynton’s Keynote Address at Tulane University’s Commencement 2014

    Posted on May 20th, 2014 in Transcript, Video | 2

    Here at home in New Orleans, we have a tradition of starting important gigs by calling out the names of legendary musicians from the past. In evoking the memory of legendary artists, this roll call inspires a higher level of performance. In 2007, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra went on tour with Odaadaa!, a group from Ghana led by master drummer Yacub Addy. Each concert started with a long roll call of distinguished ancestors chanted and spoken in Ga, their native tongue. At the end of the chant, Mr. Addy would say “Trah trah o manyaba.” Whereupon we would say Yow!   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis on MLK speech 50th Anniversary: We must walk together

    Posted on August 28th, 2013 in Transcript, TV show, Video | 2

    CBS News cultural correspondent Wynton Marsalis shares his deeply personal commentary on race relations and our progress on social issues across the U.S., 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.‘s “I Have a Dream” speech and the March on Washington.   Keep reading »

  • Transcript and video of Wynton’s Speech at University of Vermont’s Commencement 2013

    Posted on May 22nd, 2013 in Transcript, Video | 2

    Wynton delivered the University of Vermont 2013 commencement address with a heartfelt talk that was wise, wry, musical, and throughout—appropriately enough for his son Simeon Marsalis, UVM Class of 2013—fatherly.   Keep reading »

  • 60 Minutes Profiles Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO

    Posted on January 10th, 2011 in Transcript, TV show | 1

    CBS’ 60 Minutes – Part I CBS’ 60 Minutes – Part II 60 Minutes Extra: The Universal Language of Music 60 Minutes Extra: Different Countries, Different Audiences 60 Minutes Extra: Marsalis on Havana & New Orleans 60 Minutes Extra: Marsalis’ Musical “Insanity” 60 Minutes Overtime: Edward R. Murrow and Louis Armstrong Wynton Marsalis, America’s Musical Ambassador (transcription) (CBS) As we bring in the New Year, we thought we’d bring you some great music. He is an American master – Wynton Marsalis – at age 49, arguably the best known living jazz artist and leader of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, probably the best big band at work today. They’…   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 »

  • 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 »

  • Wynton on Congo Square at Tavis Smiley Show

    Posted on June 23rd, 2007 in Articles, Congo Square, Review, Transcript, TV show, Video | 2

    On June 20, Wynton appeared on “Tavis Smiley” to help promote his new CD, Congo Square. During the interview, Wynton and Tavis Smiley discussed Wynton’s passion for education as he is the co-founder and artistic director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Program. Wynton also talked about his new album. He described it as “We are rejoining with the spirit of African Music.”.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton playing at memorial service for Ed Bradley

    Posted on November 21st, 2006 in Commemoration, Speech, Transcript, Video | 2

    A long list of entertainers, journalists, politicians and musicians from across the country packed New York’s Riverside Church for the memorial service, reflecting Bradley’s achievements and diverse interests. Wynton played played the trumpet during the ceremony. He played Just a Closer Step to Thee. Watch to some moment from the memorial service. This is a transcript about what Wynton said at that moment: “Oh, man. You know, they say that soul is when you have the ability to make other people feel better about being alive, regardless of their condition, and he projected that in such abundance. The…   Keep reading »

  • Transcript and video about Wynton’s tribute to Ed Bradley

    Posted on November 13th, 2006 in Commemoration, Interview, Transcript, Video | 1

    CBS web site has just published the complete transcript to Steve Kroft’s interview to Wynton, and the video tribute that Wynton played for Ed Bradley.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s speech to the Juilliard’s 2006 Graduating Class

    Posted on November 3rd, 2006 in Speech, Transcript | 3

    On Friday, May 26, in Alice Tully Hall, Wynton Marsalis spoke for the Juilliard’s 101st commencement ceremony. Here you have the transcription of his speech: “I’m going to provide you all with very few practical words, the fruits of many happy years of varied experiences in the arts. First, congratulations. No one is ever going to ask you to see your grades. Take all jobs. If somebody says, “Can you …?” say, “Yes, I can.” Leave jobs that you hate immediately. If you find a job that doesn’t feel like a job, don’t let others for whom it…   Keep reading »