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  • Kenyon College 191st Commencement Speech

    Posted on May 18th, 2019 in Speech

    The following is the prepared text of the address delivered on the occasion of Kenyon’s 191st Commencement. He spoke to the Class of 2019 assembled on Samuel Mather Lawn. (Video of Marsalis’s speech will be posted soon.)   Keep reading »

  • Six Questions With Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on May 16th, 2019 in Profiles & Interviews

    On Saturday, May 18, musician, composer and all-around jazz legend Wynton Marsalis will address the Class of 2019 at Kenyon’s 191st Commencement. Before his arrival in Gambier, we talked to Marsalis about his career, the importance of music education, and how a life full of music can have a positive impact for individuals and communities.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis to speak at Kenyon spring commencement

    Posted on November 14th, 2018 in Speech

    Internationally acclaimed musician and educator Wynton Marsalis, winner of nine Grammy Awards and the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music, will be the featured speaker at Kenyon’s 191st Commencement on May 18, 2019.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Addresses Juilliard’s 294 Graduates

    Posted on May 18th, 2018 in Review

    Your art can be the vaccine for the types of self-involved hysterias that have so often stained human history,” Wynton Marsalis told Juilliard’s nearly 300 graduates and their family members and friends at the school’s 113th commencement ceremony.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis to deliver the Commencement Address at Juilliard’s 113th Commencement Ceremony

    Posted on April 27th, 2018 in Speech

    The Juilliard School today announced that alumnus Wynton Marsalis—trumpeter, director of Juilliard Jazz Studies, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center—will address the graduates at the school’s 113th commencement ceremony, which takes place Friday, May 18, 2018, at 11am in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.   Keep reading »

  • Transcript: Wynton’s Keynote Address at Tulane University’s Commencement 2014

    Posted on May 20th, 2014 in Speech, Video | 2

    Here at home in New Orleans, we have a tradition of starting important gigs by calling out the names of legendary musicians from the past. In evoking the memory of legendary artists, this roll call inspires a higher level of performance. In 2007, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra went on tour with Odaadaa!, a group from Ghana led by master drummer Yacub Addy. Each concert started with a long roll call of distinguished ancestors chanted and spoken in Ga, their native tongue. At the end of the chant, Mr. Addy would say “Trah trah o manyaba.” Whereupon we would say Yow!

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  • Wynton Marsalis to address Tulane University graduates

    Posted on April 23rd, 2014 in News | 2

    New Orleans native and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters and deliver the keynote address to graduates at Tulane University’s Commencement 2014, which will be held at 9 a.m., May 17 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Transcript and video of Wynton’s Speech at University of Vermont’s Commencement 2013

    Posted on May 22nd, 2013 in Speech, Video | 2

    Wynton delivered the University of Vermont 2013 commencement address with a heartfelt talk that was wise, wry, musical, and throughout—appropriately enough for his son Simeon Marsalis, UVM Class of 2013—fatherly.

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  • Live Webcast: Wynton speaking at University of Vermont’s commencement ceremony

    Posted on May 18th, 2013 in Speech | 4

    Acclaimed jazz and classical musician Wynton Marsalis will be the featured speaker at the University of Vermont’s commencement ceremony on May 19, 2013.
    The main ceremony, with Wynton as commencement speaker, will begin at 8:20 a.m. on the University Green. Wynton will start speaking at 9am EDT. Watch him live on http://live.vpt.org/uvm/uvm-main.html

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  • Wynton Marsalis to Deliver 2013 Commencement Address at UVM

    Posted on January 10th, 2013 in Speech | 1

    Acclaimed jazz and classical musician Wynton Marsalis will be the featured speaker at the University of Vermont’s commencement ceremony on May 19, 2013.
    Celebrated for his contributions as a performer, composer, bandleader and educator, trumpeter Marsalis has won nine Grammy Awards. He is the only artist in history to have received Grammys for five consecutive years and to have received a Grammy for both jazz and classical music in the same year (1983).

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