Wynton played for President Obama at White House

On Tuesday, January 20, 2009, the Wynton Marsalis Quintet played at the White House for President Barack Obama and 100 of his guests during a private party celebrating his inauguration.
Check out some pictures from the evening

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  1. Thanks for bringing Jazz music to the White House. The mellow sound of jazz is a relaxing encounter for a place that is the heartbeat of this counry.

    Is that Jazz Sawyer from San Francisco,standing behind you and President Obama in these last two pictures? If so, the last time that I saw Jazz, he was around 10 years old.

    Keep on making those mello sounds of greatness.

    cheryl autry on Jun 21st, 2009 at 6:06pm

  2. I am pretty sure that that is the Brass sound concepts horn that Printup uses. Probably borrowed it or just got one until his monette is repaired.

    Dylan Carson on Mar 24th, 2009 at 2:05pm

  3. It seems very odd that Wynton wouldn’t have a spare P3 on hand…especially for a White House performance. P3’s are really soft and are easily damaged. But, on the other hand, he obviously can make anything sound great.

    Dave Brown on Feb 22nd, 2009 at 1:36pm

  4. In late 1985 or early 1986 Wynton did an interview with KVOD of Denver, Co. In this interview he mentioned the term crash tones. No one I’ve spoken to knows what this is. Is there such a thing or did I imagine this?

    byrd davis on Feb 21st, 2009 at 3:11pm

  5. Nothing beats jazz in the house of the people (THE WHITE HOUSE). A President that likes to listen to the likes of John Coltrane and Miles Davis, now Wynton. That could mean more music in the schools where it is a necessity. KEEP IT JAZZIN’.

    jestelle on Feb 17th, 2009 at 12:58pm

  6. onvideo clip sandwiched between luoie armstrong and martin luther are some brits, members of chris barbers band and guest. jamaican born joe harriot. thanks for includeing us. can someone identify another of these photos looks like nat cole with same band if so what was the occasion?

    r.allibone on Feb 7th, 2009 at 9:31am

  7. wynton great the natural successer to luoi and diz

    r.allibone on Feb 7th, 2009 at 9:23am

  8. OMG Wynton is such my inspiration…
    Thanks for letting us listen to your band wynton…

    from Plainfield High School Jazz Band

    P.S. Trumpet Player

    Gesler Carranza-Tello on Feb 2nd, 2009 at 2:54pm

  9. Good Afternoon (SA Time)

    I believe that jazz is the American constitution itself. The principles of jazz are, even when related to SA, my birth-country (since, the whole world is my country, and all the people are my people), in essence, progressive, democratic constitutional principles. Jazz, as Wynton as said time and again, democracy.

    Everything can be questioned in jazz, and nothing is either sacrisanct or cast in stone; and if you do not deliver, you are out – just like democratic governments. If you deliver, you will be voted the best, only for as long as you keep delivering and improving the quality and depth of reach of that delivery. Just like in a democracy.

    I therefore applaud the collaboration between Wynton and Justice O’Connor; it is to be encouraged.

    Let freedom reign, and may God open our eyes and give us the courage to holler and act as a unified people of the world when we witness slave-cages on freedom trees and spot slave-ships on freedom seas.

    For, we are one, even with our current enemies. They are human too. And that, we can only deny as a way of denyning our true humanity; that we are all one, and each one is all of us; because just one of us, is all of us. God is all of us, and all of us are God.

    God bless the Wynton-Justice O’Connor.

    Wynton must make a plan to perform for former SA president Nelson Mandela in SA on the sage’s birthday in July this year.

    God bless Wynton and Justice O’Connor and God bless the whole world. [And may I always be this cheesy; love cheesy – it carries fine wisdom]

    Best Wishes to all in the world

    Sipho Mabaso

    Sipho Mabaso on Jan 29th, 2009 at 10:43am

  10. has it ever occured to Wynton that maybe South
    Africa does need the swing just as much as pressident

    We’ve the ingredience, we just need a pro-chef like him.

    Thanks very kindly
    for the sweet song

    zolile on Jan 27th, 2009 at 9:02am

  11. So is Obama an answer to Wynton’s question, “Where Y’all At?”

    ZW on Jan 26th, 2009 at 6:53am

  12. what time did Winton play at the white house. was it before parties or when they came back home?

    robert ostry on Jan 25th, 2009 at 11:27am

  13. Lowell,
    Make a size L-12 and soften the bite… and I’ll buy one. Heck, I’ll buy TWO!

    East Coast Lead Player on Jan 25th, 2009 at 3:38am

  14. What NO Monette mouthpieces????
    Want to try a FoKus?

    Lowell Stevenson on Jan 23rd, 2009 at 6:31pm

  15. WOW, just WOW. Jazz and politics intermingle to tell a much clearer story. Brilliant and Resonant!


    Joey on Jan 23rd, 2009 at 4:12pm

  16. I agree but, Wynton can play in 2012!!!!!!

    yogababe on Jan 22nd, 2009 at 8:10pm

  17. I’m proud to see two legends together and we (me and Rose) are looking forward to come to New York.

    yours faithfully,

    Susanna & Rose (Rosanna)

    Susanna Tadjab on Jan 22nd, 2009 at 7:48am

  18. I was very happy for the election of Barrack Obama but happier knowing that Marsalis played for him .

    Madeleine Chandonnet on Jan 21st, 2009 at 8:01pm

  19. Thanks Luigi, I was curious…Keep Swingin’

    Neil King on Jan 21st, 2009 at 7:43pm

  20. Wynton is the first person I’ve heard say he knew this day (a person of color is elected president) would come. Oh, ye of great faith! Amen.

    Kathleen Zuris on Jan 21st, 2009 at 7:31pm

  21. dear luigi.
    thank you so much, for keeping me informed.
    this is one gig wynton will never forget. he is one in a million.
    i look forward to seeing wynton and willie nelson play together on the 9th & 10th of feb.
    that will be the ultimate in a jazz & blues cononcert. again many thanks.
    patricia whittington

    Patricia Whittington on Jan 21st, 2009 at 5:29pm

  22. I too would have LOVED TO HAVE seen Wynton on the THE PLATFORM FOR THE Inauguration. It would have added so much to the program.Glad he performed at the White House. Selfish of President Obama to keep him to himself(smile)

    gloria mask on Jan 21st, 2009 at 5:22pm

  23. Wynton had a problem with one of the valves during the concert on Monday. That’s why he used another trumpet.
    David Monette his sending him a replacement for the valve.

    Luigi on Jan 21st, 2009 at 4:09pm

  24. Agreed! Where’s the P3??

    Scott on Jan 21st, 2009 at 4:01pm

  25. Change has come to America – yesterday was an amazing day – but I’d rather have seen Wynton’s group up there on the Inaugural platform playing America’s own classic music than the musicians who performed the piece commissioned by John Williams. We have a president who loves jazz; here’s my vote to install a jazz czar and make jazz education an essential part of every school’s curriculum. Nonetheless, congrats on playing for the President – no doubt it was a lot warmer in the White House!

    dashdog on Jan 21st, 2009 at 3:34pm

  26. Nothing says democracy like some good jazz from Wynton and the guys!!!

    Neil King on Jan 21st, 2009 at 2:57pm

  27. What horn is that that Wynton is using? Thats not his normal Monette.

    Neil King on Jan 21st, 2009 at 2:52pm