N.Y. Gets Marsalis To Trumpet The Arts
Wynton Marsalis, the first jazz composer to win a Pulitzer Prize for music, is taking a seat on the New York State Council on the Arts in Albany.
Besides his jazz work, Marsalis is considered one of the world’s best classical trumpet players. He has recorded more than 30 jazz and classical albums. “It’s an honor to serve the arts community,” said trumpeter Marsalis, artistic director of the jazz department at Lincoln Center in New York City. He won the Pulitzer Prize this year.
“Wynton Marsalis is an exceptional musician, performer and composer who has enriched the lives of millions across the world with his brilliant works of art,” Gov. George Pataki said over the weekend.
The 20-member council that advises state officials on arts policy and helps promote the arts statewide. Members serve five-year terms and receive no salary.