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WYNTON MARSALIS - CARRIYING THE TORCH OF JAZZ INTO A NEW CENTURY
 

Wynton Marsalis was born into a musical family in one of the most musical cities in the world, New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. Like Louis Armstrong, another New Orleans native, Marsalis has put his own unique stamp on jazz as we know it.

As a teenager in the 1970s Marsalis joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers before launching a successful career as a soloist and band leader in the 1980s. Seen then as one of the “young lions” of jazz, he was also credited with helping jazz rediscover its roots.

Considered a major musical educator, Marsalis is also the director of jazz at New York City’s Lincoln Center and made history in 1997 when he became the first jazz musician to win a Pulitzer Prize for his composition “Blood on the Fields”.

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Marsalis is also a classical musician and said it was both an honour and a thrill for him when he first performed on the stage of the Vienna State Opera during the Vienna Jazz Fest.

 
     
 
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