Wynton played at New Jersey State Prison

Posted on August 24th, 2005 in News | Tags: new jersey, prison

Wynton Marsalis, center, plays with Eric Daniels, left, and Anthony Gilmore, members of the inmate Jazz Allstars Band at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton

TRENTON – Behind thick brick and cinderblock walls, coiled barbed wire, past security gates and locked doors, the sweet and mellow sounds of jazz filled a room yesterday as seven New Jersey State Prison inmates jammed with Wynton Marsalis.

Wynton said he came to the maximum security prison to meet the inmates, who are members of a group called the Jazz Allstars Band, after receiving a letter from Jerald Albrecht, a convicted robber who plays a mean guitar.