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  • Tribute to Ken Burns by Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on September 26th, 2016 in Speech

    Monk, in answering the question “What’s happening Thelonious?” replied, “Everything is happening all the time, man.” Funny, but true.  In our country alone, we swim a brimming sea of over 320 million people and roughly 200 billion points of view per second, but in the bowels of this cacophony there is startling commonality in our individuality.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ acceptance speech at University Jean Moulin Lyon3

    Posted on February 6th, 2016 in Speech

    Deputy Mayor Georges Kepenekian, University President Jacques Comby, University Vice-President Alain Asquin, the Nova Ensemble, students, faculty and colleagues and respected guests. I am deeply honored to receive this distinction. Thank you Mr. Asquin for you kind and extensive comments on my behalf.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ Acceptance Speech at Marian Anderson Award 2015

    Posted on November 10th, 2015 in Speech | 1

    I would like to thank the Board of Directors and Chair Nina Tinari for selecting me as recipient of this year’s Marian Anderson Award. Thank you Mayor Nutter. And thanks to young Max Chambers who was accompanied by the great Farid Baron, to Miss Misty Copeland, to Lalah Hathaway, to Kim Burrell, to Bill Jolly and his band, and to my brothers for life, the seven.   Keep reading »

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

    Posted on May 20th, 2014 in Speech, 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 »

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

    Posted on May 22nd, 2013 in Speech, 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 »

  • 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

    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’s appliances, and big super-cooling house fan.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton to be featured as a High-Impact speaker at the 2010 NSBA Conference

    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 »

  • Wynton’s Closing Plenary Address for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters

    Posted on January 12th, 2010 in Speech

    I love to watch people enter a concert hall. I like to find some point right before the performance to see everybody coming in. Some on the first date. Some on the last. Some are celebrating some important milestone, anniversary, birthday. I’ve actually been performing long enough to have people come with their 4 kids and say “We actually met at one your concerts and our relationship survived your performance so that we can be here tonight.” I sometimes look at the audience entering and think of the timelessness of it all. Us going to an artistic performance of some kind to remember who we are, or to learn about it, or just to be aware of us in this present moment. I’m sure the human beings have been seeking the nourishment of arts since the very beginning of our consciousness.   Keep reading »