Pre-order Wynton’s new book: Moving to Higher Ground

Wynton’s new book, entitled “Moving to Higher Ground: How can Jazz change your life” will be in stores on September 2, 2008. It will be published by The Random House Publishing Group. From now is already possible to pre-order the book on Amazon . Next week we’ll publish some excerpts from the new book.

“In this book I hope to reach a new audience with the positive message of America’s greatest music, to show how great musicians demonstrate on the bandstand a mutual respect and trust that can alter your outlook on the world and enrich every aspect of your life–from individual creativity and personal relationships to conducting business and understanding what it means to be American in the most modern sense.”

– Wynton Marsalis

Advance praise for Moving to Higher Ground

“An absolute joy to read. Intimate, knowledgeable, supremely worthy of its subject. In addition to demolishing mediocre, uniformed critics, Moving to Higher Ground is a meaningful contribution to music scholarship.”
–Toni Morrison

“I think it should be in every bookstore, music store, and school in the country.”
–Tony Bennett

“Jazz, for Wynton Marsalis, is nothing less than a search for wisdom. He thinks as forcefully, and as elegantly, as he swings. When he reflects on improvisation, his subject is freedom. When he reflects on harmony, his subject is diversity and conflict and peace. When he reflects on the blues, his subject is sorrow and the mastery of it–how to be happy without being blind. There is philosophy in Marsalis’s trumpet, and in this book. Here is the lucid and probing voice of an uncommonly soulful man.”
–Leon Wieseltier, literary editor, The New Republic

“Wynton Marsalis is absolutely the person who should write this book. Here he is, as young as morning, as fresh as dew, and already called one of the jazz greats. He is not only a seer and an exemplary musician, but a poet as well. He informs us that jazz was created, among other things, to expose the hypocrisy and absurdity of racism and other ignorances in our country. Poetry was given to human beings for the same reason. This book could be called “How Love Can Change Your Life,” for there could be no jazz without love. By love, of course, I do not mean mush, or sentimentality. Love can only exist with courage, and this book could not be written without Wynton Marsalis’s courage. He has the courage to make powerful music and to love the music so, that he willingly shares its riches with the entire human family. We are indebted to him.”
–Maya Angelou

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  1. I have every one of Wynton’s books. I am adding this one to my collection today. We love you, Wynton. You are an American treasure. Applause- Applause- from the blue ridge mountains of Virginia!

    Imogene H. Draper on Sep 15th, 2008 at 12:05am

  2. Look forward to the latest book for Fall release. Thanks for keeping us up to date, Luigi – this site keeps getting more comprehensive. What a great Summer for jazz! Best, Glo.

    gloria on Aug 18th, 2008 at 1:58am

  3. I love you Wynton
    When are you coming back to Milwaukee,WI?

    Xandra Black on Aug 1st, 2008 at 10:55pm

  4. I just pre-orderd my copy!

    Hunter's mom on Jul 29th, 2008 at 11:58pm

  5. Looking forward to buying his book.

    peter b on Jul 28th, 2008 at 1:31pm

  6. As soon as the book is in stores, we’ll open a discussion thread on the forum.

    Stay tuned…

    Luigi on Jul 26th, 2008 at 4:46am

  7. Sent my order with
    I hope it’s a great book!

    Katy Hem on Jul 26th, 2008 at 4:44am

  8. Sent in my order today. Should be a great read!

    Neil King on Jul 25th, 2008 at 9:14pm

  9. pre-ordered on B&N ! I look forward to receive this wonderful new book !

    Jason P. on Jul 24th, 2008 at 6:45pm