Wynton has collaborated with illustrator Paul Rogers and jazz historian Phil Schaap to create a children’s book, Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits. While Rogers developed the concept for the book, he sought the help of Wynton to bring it to fruition. The book will be available in November.Keep reading »
A new book written by Wynton is out for selling in bookstores. It’s entitled: To a Young Jazz Musician: Letters from the Road. In the book, “the renowned jazz musician and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Wynton Marsalis gives us an invaluable guide to making good music—and to leading a good life.”Keep reading »
Tonight, on Kentucky Educational Television, Wynton will discuss his book: Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of Life.Keep reading »
He is interviewed by National Public Radio’s Robert Siegel, host of All Things Considered. The interview has been taped at The Kentucky Center in May 2002.
On air tonight Feb 3 at 10:00 pm
At this point in time, Wynton Marsalis is a work in progress, a brilliant trumpeter who throughout his still-developing career has seemed to find controversy at every turn. When he first hit the national scene in 1980 with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the 18-year old was considered a phenomenon. Two years later he had gone out on his own and in 1983 he won Grammys in both jazz and classical music. The general news media was soon portraying Marsalis as the symbol of jazz, an up-and-coming master of the future. However others in the jazz world correctly pointed out that at the time the trumpeter lacked an original sound of his own, being too close to comfort to Miles Davis of the mid-1960’s. In addition, some of his statements in interviews seemed a bit arrogant, dismissing much of the music of the 1970’s, post-1965 avant-garde and fusion. Since then the pro and anti-Marsalis camps have only grown in intensity as he has continued to grow in stature, in recent times with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and with his Pulitzer Prize winning epic work Blood On The Fields. Keep reading »