Grammy-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, comprised of 15 of today’s finest jazz soloists and ensemble players, who perform the music of the great jazz composers as well as original works that foster an appreciation for this American music genre.
Artistic Director, Trumpet
Marsalis is the Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, Mr. Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12. He entered The Juilliard School at age 17 and, shortly thereafter, joined the legendary Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Mr. Marsalis made his recording debut as a leader in 1982, and has since recorded more than 70 jazz and classical albums which have garnered him nine GRAMMY® Awards. He is only artist to win both classical and jazz GRAMMY®s in the same year, in both 1983 and 1984. Mr. Marsalis' rich body of compositions includes Sweet Release; Jazz: Six Syncopated Movements; Jump Start and Jazz; Citi Movement/Griot New York; At the Octoroon Balls; In This House, On This Morning; and Big Train. Other works include the 1999 ballet Them Twos, a collaboration with the New York City Ballet, as well as three symphonies that have been performed by orchestras around the world. In 1997, Mr. Marsalis became the first jazz artist to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music for his oratorio Blood on the Fields. Recent recordings on the Blue Note label include Two Men with the Blues, featuring Willie Nelson (2008); He and She (2009); and Here We Go Again featuring Willie Nelson and Norah Jones (2011). ...