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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.

At age 17 Wynton became the youngest musician ever to be admitted to Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center. Despite his youth, he was awarded the school’s prestigious Harvey Shapiro Award for outstanding brass student. Wynton moved to New York City to attend Juilliard in 1979. When he began to pick up gigs around town, the grapevine began to buzz. In 1980 Wynton seized the opportunity to join the Jazz Messengers to study under master drummer and bandleader Art Blakey. It was from Blakey that Wynton acquired his concept for bandleading and for bringing intensity to each and every performance. In the years to follow Wynton performed with Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Sweets Edison, Clark Terry, Sonny Rollins, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams and countless other jazz legends.

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April 01, 2019

Jazz Arts Initiative Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Announces Name Change...

May 10, 2018

Elio Villafranca's "Cinque" Features Wynton Marsalis, Lewis Nash,...

March 27, 2017

Blue Engine Records Releases "The Music Of John Lewis" From The Jazz At...

March 17, 2016

Blue Engine Records Releases "The Abyssinian Mass" Double Album + Bonus...

November 02, 2015

Blue Engine Records Celebrates the Holidays with BIG BAND HOLIDAYS: New...

September 21, 2015

Music Education Monday: Master classes with Wynton Marsalis

July 20, 2015

Blue Engine Records' Debut Album Release: Jazz at Lincoln Center...

October 13, 2014

Wynton Marsalis Leads Juilliard’s Jazz Program

August 21, 2014

Jazz St. Louis Announces $10 Million Capital Campaign for New Jazz...

February 11, 2014

Fantasia Barrino Returns to Broadway

October 18, 2013

"The Spiritual Side Of Wynton Marsalis" to be Released October 22

October 18, 2013

Jazz This Week: Bill Watrous, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln...

February 03, 2013

Montreal Jazz Festival to Feature Aretha Franklin, George Benson,...

December 13, 2012

Wynton Marsalis/Vince Giordano - New Year's Week at Dizzy's Club...

October 18, 2012

Jazz This Week: Christian Scott, Alarm Will Sound, Wynton Marsalis'...

October 14, 2012

STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Wynton Marsalis' "Swing Symphony"

February 08, 2012

SISO's 2012-13 Season to Feature Concerts with Wynton Marsalis and...

January 24, 2012

Wynton Marsalis Performs The Ballad of the American Arts in...

October 25, 2011

Happy 50th Birthday, Wynton Marsalis - Legacy Recordings Announces...

September 30, 2011

Jazz This Week: Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center...

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Albums by Wynton Marsalis

Album Big Band Holidays by Wynton Marsalis

Big Band Holidays

Blue Engine Records

Album Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles by Wynton Marsalis

Here We Go Again:...

Blue Note Records

Album All Rise by Wynton Marsalis

All Rise

Sony Music

Album He And She by Wynton Marsalis

He And She

Blue Note Records



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