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  • A legend offers lessons in jazz and life

    Posted on April 18th, 2007 in Review

    For 90 minutes, Marsalis, a Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning classical and jazz trumpet player, taught the students on stage and entertained the 100 people in the audience, including band members from Springbrook and Briggs Chaney and White Oak middle schools.   Keep reading »

  • The Herald of Our Swinging Heritage

    Posted on October 23rd, 2006 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    It sounds like a scene from the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. The teenage Wynton Marsalis is walking home from school in New Orleans, carrying his books and papers in a blue American Tourister suitcase. Neighborhood kids hoot, because, really-a teenager carrying his books in a suitcase?

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  • Wynton interviewed by The Independent

    Posted on August 13th, 2006 in Profiles & Interviews | 4

    It doesn’t take much to annoy Wynton Marsalis. Jazz after about 1965? Forget it. Rap? Don’t get him started. But these days the trumpeter is turning his furious attention to some of the US’s biggest issues: corporate ethics, the continued persecution of black Americans and the inadequate government response to Hurricane Katrina. Sholto Byrnes tries, in vain, to calm him down

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  • Wynton interviewed by Chicago Tribune

    Posted on January 27th, 2006 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    Wynton Marsalis is the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize in music. He’s got a basketful of Grammys. And he’s become the music director of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, which lands in Chicago for two gigs this weekend.
    So is there anything he can’t do? You bet. He can’t get his kids to stay awake during a symphony concert.

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  • Wynton’s interview at Tavis Smiley Show 2005

    Posted on September 10th, 2005 in Profiles & Interviews | 4

    These are trying times for so many people from the great city of New Orleans, including jazz great, Wynton Marsalis. The New Orleans native and Pulitzer Prize winner is now the artistic director of “Jazz at Lincoln Center” in New York City. Tomorrow night, he takes part in a special fundraiser on BET. On September 17th, he hosts a special event for hurricane victims at Lincoln Center. Tonight, though, thankfully, he joins us from New York. It’s always nice to have you on the program.

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  • Wynton honored as State Department’s Culture Connect Ambassador

    Posted on December 17th, 2004 in News

    At a special U.S. Department of State ceremony December 13, Secretary of State Colin Powell honored 13 celebrities in the arts and sports who serve as the Department’s CultureConnect ambassadors, reaching out to young people around the world. The CultureConnect program, created by Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Patricia S. Harrison, recruits men and women acclaimed in their fields who are willing to contribute their time and talent on behalf of youth.

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  • Trumpeter Unmuted

    Posted on October 10th, 2004 in Profiles & Interviews

    Oct. 18 issue - Wynton Marsalis gives a piece or two of his mind to NEWSWEEK’s Allison Samuels.

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  • Bill Clinton touts musical greats

    Posted on December 15th, 2003 in Review

    While his former second banana, Al Gore, was stumping for Howard Dean last week, Bill Clinton was busy endorsing John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Billie Holiday. Those are just a few of the late jazz legends whose names came up Wednesday night at a symposium that paired the former president and sometime saxophone player with the rather more accomplished trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center, where Marsalis is artistic director, the panel discussion addressed the relationship between jazz, a native American art form, and our politics and culture.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis: One Future, Two Views

    Posted on March 12th, 2000 in Profiles & Interviews

    The most accomplished and acclaimed jazz musician of his generation, Wynton Marsalis is also as outspoken as he is prolific. Through his own force of personality, intelligence and achievement, he has steadfastly worked to bring jazz back to the center stage in American culture. And he promises, in the new millennium, to “keep the pressure on.   Keep reading »

  • Trumpetinghis Mission – Jazz Great Marsalis Wants Folks To Learn To Listen

    Posted on January 7th, 2000 in Profiles & Interviews

    AT 38, Wynton Marsalis is the most respected trumpet player in jazz. He’s also the most honored. A multi-Grammy winner and artistic director of the Lincoln Center Jazz Program, he’s even won a Pulitzer — in 1997 he was given the prize for his composition “Blood on the Fields,” which addressed racism in the United States.   Keep reading »