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Wynton Marsalis

Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: October 18, 1961    

Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz. By creating and performing an expansive range of brilliant new music for quartets to big bands, chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras, tap dance to ballet, Wynton has expanded the vocabulary for jazz and created a vital body of work that places him among the world’s finest musicians and composers.

Early Years
Wynton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 18, 1961, to Ellis and Dolores Marsalis, the second of six sons. At an early age he exhibited a superior aptitude for music and a desire to participate in American culture. At age eight Wynton performed traditional New Orleans music in the Fairview Baptist Church band led by legendary banjoist Danny Barker, and at 14 he performed with the New Orleans Philharmonic. During high school Wynton performed with the New Orleans Symphony Brass Quintet, New Orleans Community Concert Band, New Orleans Youth Orchestra, New Orleans Symphony, various jazz bands and with the popular local funk band, the Creators.

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Awards

1988
1. Brown University (Doctor of Music)
2. Southern University at New Orleans (Doctor of Music)

1990
3. University at Buffalo - State University of New York (Doctor of Music)

1992
4. Boston University (Doctor of Music)

1993
5. Academy of Southern Arts and Letters (Doctor of Philosophy in Arts)

1994
6. University of Miami (Doctor of Music)

1995
7. Hunter College (Doctor of Humane Letters)
8. Manhattan School of Music (Doctor of Music)
9. Princeton University (Doctor of Arts)
10. Yale University (Doctor of Music)

1996
11. Brandies University (Doctor of Humane Letters)
12. Columbia University (Doctor of Music)
13. Governors State University (Doctor of Humane Letters)
14. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Doctor of Fine Arts)
15. Royal Academy of Music (Honorary Member)
16. University of Scranton (Doctor of Fine Arts)

1997
17. Amherst College (Doctor of Music)
18. Howard University (Doctor of Music)
19. Long Island University (Doctor of Music)
20. Rutgers University (Doctor of Fine Arts)

1998
21. Bard College (Doctor of Fine Arts)
22. Haverford College (Doctor of Humane Letters)

1999
23. University of Massachusetts Amherst (Doctor of Fine Arts)

2000
24. Middlebury College (Doctor of Arts)
25. University of Pennsylvania (Doctor of Music)

2001
26. Clark Atlanta University (Doctorate of Humane Letters)
27. Connecticut College (Doctor of Fine Arts)

2004
28. Bloomfield College (Doctor of Fine Arts)

2007
29. New York University (Doctor of Fine Arts)

2009
30. Harvard University (Doctor of Music)
31. Northwestern University (Doctor of Arts)
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    All Rise

    Sony-Legacy Music
    2011
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    Play The Blues - Live From Jazz At Lincoln Center

    Columbia
    2011
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    Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles

    Blue Note Records
    2011
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    Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues - Live From Lincoln Center

    Columbia
    2011
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    Vitoria Suite

    EmArcy
    2010
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    He And She

    Blue Note Records
    2009
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    Standards & Ballads

    Legacy Recordings
    2008
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Featured recording “All Rise”

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All Rise

Sony-Legacy Music (2011)

Primary InstrumentTrumpet

LocationNew York, NY

Wynton uses Monette trumpets and mouthpieces.
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