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 an American virtuoso trumpeter, composer, teacher, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has promoted classical and jazz music, often to young audiences. Marsalis has been awarded nine Grammy Awards and his Blood on the Fields was the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. He 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 is the only musician to win a Grammy Award in jazz and classical during the same year.

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The Seductress
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The Seductress
Nicolò Paganini
Moto perpetuo, Op.11
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Moto perpetuo, Op.11
Wynton Marsalis
Bebop (Jump Start - The Master of Melancholy)
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Bebop (Jump Start - The Master of Melancholy)
Wynton Marsalis
Timelessness
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Timelessness
Joseph Haydn
Trumpet Concerto in E flat major Hob VIIe No 1 (1st movement)
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Trumpet Concerto in E flat major Hob VIIe No 1 (1st movement)
Nicolò Paganini
Moto perpetuo
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Moto perpetuo
Wynton Marsalis
Where Y'All At?
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Where Y'All At?
Hoagy Carmichael
Stardust
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Stardust
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)
Jean-Baptiste Arban
Variations on The Carnival of Venice
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Variations on The Carnival of Venice
Herbert L. Clarke
The Debutante
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The Debutante
Willie Nelson
Makin' Whoopee (Live)
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Makin' Whoopee (Live)
Wynton Marsalis
Movement IX: El 'Gran' Baile de la Reine
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Movement IX: El 'Gran' Baile de la Reine

Movement IX: El 'Gran' Baile de la Reine

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Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra
Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto for 2 trumpets and orchestra RV.537 in C major: 1st mvt
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Concerto for 2 trumpets and orchestra RV.537 in C major: 1st mvt
Wynton Marsalis
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Wynton Marsalis
AMERICAN BOYCHOIR
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AMERICAN BOYCHOIR
Wynton Marsalis
Jingle Bells
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Jingle Bells
Wynton Marsalis
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Wynton Marsalis
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Nicolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Wynton Marsalis, Eastman Wind Ensemble & Donald Hunsberger
The Flight of the Bumblebee
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The Flight of the Bumblebee

The Flight of the Bumblebee

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Nicolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Merry Christmas Baby
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Merry Christmas Baby
Wynton Marsalis
At the Octoroon balls - Quartet no 1 for strings
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At the Octoroon balls - Quartet no 1 for strings
Jazz at Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis & Rubén Blades
Too Close For Comfort
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Too Close For Comfort
Wynton Marsalis
When It's Sleepytime Down South
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When It's Sleepytime Down South
Jazz At Lincoln Centre & Wynton Marsalis
2/3's Adventure
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2/3's Adventure

2/3's Adventure

Performer
Jazz At Lincoln Centre
Johann Friedrich Fasch
Trumpet Concerto in D major
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Trumpet Concerto in D major
Jeremiah Clarke
Trumpet Voluntary, 'The Prince of Denmark's March'
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Trumpet Voluntary, 'The Prince of Denmark's March'
Wynton Marsalis
The Pearls
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The Pearls
Giuseppe Torelli
Sonata à 5 No 1 in D major
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Sonata à 5 No 1 in D major
Jean-Baptiste Arban
Variations on 'The Carnival of Venice'
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Variations on 'The Carnival of Venice'
Wynton Marsalis
Abyssinian Mass - Recessional 'The Glory Train'
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Abyssinian Mass - Recessional 'The Glory Train'
Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Trumpet Concerto in E major (3rd mvt)
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Trumpet Concerto in E major (3rd mvt)
Wynton Marsalis
Rompin At The Reno
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Rompin At The Reno
Wynton Marsalis
Sweet Release - ballet (Party)
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Sweet Release - ballet (Party)
Wynton Marsalis
Jazz (Finale, Fiddle Bow Real)
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Jazz (Finale, Fiddle Bow Real)
Luca Antonio Predieri
Pace una volta (Zenobia)
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Pace una volta (Zenobia)
Jazz At The Lincoln Center Orchestra & Wynton Marsalis
Harlem Air Shaft
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Harlem Air Shaft

Harlem Air Shaft

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Jazz At The Lincoln Center Orchestra
Wynton Marsalis
Soul For Sale (Album Version)
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Soul For Sale (Album Version)

Soul For Sale (Album Version)

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Jazz At The Lincoln Centre Orchestra
Jon Hendricks
Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg concerto no. 2 (BWV.1047) in F major, 3rd movement; Allegro assai
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Brandenburg concerto no. 2 (BWV.1047) in F major, 3rd movement; Allegro assai
Wynton Marsalis
At The Octoroon Balls - Quartet No. 1 For Strings
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At The Octoroon Balls - Quartet No. 1 For Strings
Wynton Marsalis
King Porter Stomp
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King Porter Stomp
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