Wynton Marsalis
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1961-10-18
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Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis Biography (BBC)

A supremely talented instrumentalist who has made his mark on both the classical and jazz worlds (winning Grammies in both categories in 1984), Marsalis has become one of the leading advocates of the cause of jazz in the world's media, and a figure of towering influence in the world of jazz education. In addition he is a composer of style and flair, winning a Pulitzer prize for his oratorio Blood On the Fields (1994).

Marsalis grew up in the rich musical tradition of New Orleans, in which his father was a prominent pianist. Three of his brothers, Branford ( a saxophonist, born 1960); Delfeayo (trombonist, born 1965) and Jason (drummer, born 1977) are also world-class musicians. All the boys received a classical and jazz education, and Marsalis began playing with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers while he was studying classical trumpet at Juilliard School in New York.

In the early 1980s, after playing with Blakey, Herbie Hancock and his own groups, Marsalis soon made his mark as one of the most gifted jazz trumpeters in the hard bop tradition of Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard, gradually relinquishing his classical career. Unlike Branford, who went on to play fusion and funk, Wynton turned his back on rock and free jazz, and began to explore the earlier jazz tradition, notably in his work with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, one of the world's leading big bands, which he has directed from the late 1980s.

His playing and writing have systematically covered music related to the work of Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and above all Duke Ellington, and Marsalis's small groups have also drawn on the traditional styles of New Orleans jazz. Wynton has recorded prolifically, and toured the world with both the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and his own groups, bringing jazz to a vast new, young audience, through a mixture of regular concerts and a programme of educational outreach work.

He has broadcast widely about jazz, notably in Ken Burns's 2001 documentary TV series, and he has also published books on the subject. His clear trumpet tone and beautifully crafted solos are coupled with a mastery of muted techniques.

Wynton Marsalis Biography (Wikipedia)

Wynton Learson Marsalis (born October 18, 1961) is a trumpeter, composer, teacher, music educator, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, United States. Marsalis has promoted the appreciation of classical and jazz music often to young audiences. Marsalis has been awarded nine Grammys in both genres, and his Blood on the Fields was the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Marsalis is the son of jazz musician Ellis Marsalis, Jr. (pianist), grandson of Ellis Marsalis, Sr., and brother of Branford (saxophonist), Delfeayo (trombonist), and Jason (drummer). Marsalis performed the national anthem at Super Bowl XX in 1986.

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Autumn Leaves
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Autumn Leaves
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Sister Cheryl
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Sister Cheryl
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Buggy Ride
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Buggy Ride
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Black Codes
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Black Codes
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From The Plantation To The Penitentiary
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From The Plantation To The Penitentiary
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
The Flight of the Bumblebee (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
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The Flight of the Bumblebee (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
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Wheel Within A Wheel
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Wheel Within A Wheel
The Pedrito Martinez Group
Mi Tempestad (feat. Wynton Marsalis & Telmary Diaz)
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Mi Tempestad (feat. Wynton Marsalis & Telmary Diaz)
The Sachel Ensemble & Wynton Marsalis
Blue Pepper (Far East of the Blues)
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Blue Pepper (Far East of the Blues)
Johann Friedrich Fasch
Concerto in D major for trumpet, oboes and strings
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Concerto in D major for trumpet, oboes and strings
Alessandro Scarlatti
Con voce festiva (Arie con tromba sola)
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Con voce festiva (Arie con tromba sola)
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Tijuana Gift Shop
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Tijuana Gift Shop
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Jingle Bells
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Jingle Bells
Jeremiah Clarke
Trumpet Voluntary, 'The Prince of Denmark's March'
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Trumpet Voluntary, 'The Prince of Denmark's March'
The Ellis Marsalis Trio
Little Birdie
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Little Birdie
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A Tone Parallel to Harlem
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A Tone Parallel to Harlem
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Past BBC Events

Proms 2004: Prom 21 - Out here to swing!
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Royal Albert Hall
2004-07-31T17:37:33
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Jul
2004

Proms 2004: Prom 21 - Out here to swing!

22:00
Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2002: Prom 12 - United in Swing: Stompin' at the Proms
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Royal Albert Hall
2002-07-27T17:37:33
27
Jul
2002

Proms 2002: Prom 12 - United in Swing: Stompin' at the Proms

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Royal Albert Hall

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