Wynton Marsalis wins NAACP Image Award for outstanding jazz album
Wynton Marsalis’ celebrated 2009 Blue Note Records release, He and She, was awarded the NAACP’s Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album during their February 26th ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Released in March 2009, He and She is about that eternally compelling and most elemental of subjects – the relationship between a man and a woman. The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, trumpeter, and bandleader’s fifth Blue Note release is a unique and ambitious effort, combining spoken word and music. Marsalis notes, “On He and She, it’s a man talking, but the person who delivers the universal truth of the matter is a woman.”
Celebrating their 41st annual awards ceremony, the NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event recognizing the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (motion picture, television, recording, and literature), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.