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  • 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 »

  • The Virtuoso: Marcus Roberts - CBS “60 Minutes”

    Posted on March 30th, 2014 in Video | 1

    Who’s the greatest American musician most people have never heard of? To me, it’s Marcus Roberts. I’m biased because Marcus worked in my band when he was just starting out. But anybody who’s heard him at the piano usually agrees: he’s a fearsome and fearless player, and a homegrown example of overcoming adversity with excellence.   Keep reading »

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

    Posted on August 28th, 2013 in 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 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 »

  • Wynton On Being Thankful On Thanksgiving

    Posted on November 21st, 2012 in Video | 1

    Turkey may be the ceremonial centerpiece but let’s not forget about stuffing, cranberry sauce and all the comfort and dysfunction that family and extended family bring to the table. Thanksgiving: the mythic meal shared by Native Americans with starving Pilgrims became a symbol of giving to others in need, of accepting kindness with gratitude and of recognizing the temperamental authority of Mother Nature through prayer. It was in response to the bloodiest year of the Civil War, that President Lincoln decreed the final Thursday in November to be the holiday we now observe. Through the years this annual celebration of thanking and giving, praying and cooking has become a sacred tradition. The harder the times, the greater the giving, the deeper the thanks.   Keep reading »

  • On Martin Luther King’s Legacy

    Posted on January 16th, 2012 in Video | 11

    On Monday January 16, 2012 Wynton appeared on CBS This Morning to premiere his remembrance piece on Martin Luther King Jr.   Keep reading »

  • 60 Minutes Profiles Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO

    Posted on January 10th, 2011 in Video | 1

    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’re on the road constantly, bringing America’s most distinctive art form to the world, most recently to London, Berlin and Havana.   Keep reading »

  • The Spirit of New Orleans

    Posted on February 7th, 2010 in Video | 66

    Down on the Bayou where the mighty Mississippi kisses Lake Pontchartrain and spills into the Gulf of Mexico. There sits that jewel of the Southland. What the French lost to the British who gave it to the Spanish who lost it back to the French who sold it to America for….. Well, some folks say Jefferson conned Napoleon in a card game and won it for some jambalaya and a chicory coffee.   Keep reading »

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

    Posted on June 26th, 2009 in Speech | 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 Speech | 3

    Yesterday, 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:   Keep reading »