Written by, Melony Carter
Wynton Marsalis, enough said…
The musical; is one of today’s great trumpet players. Instructor, composer, author, bandleader, often acclaimed Grammy Winner, producer and philanthropist; Mr. Marsalis has achieved many strides within the jazz and classical communities alike. …
With influences like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Charlie Parker no wonder why he has had a very successful career. Wynton was born in 1961 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Discovering his love for music as a youth; he played for the Fairview Baptist Church band at the age of eight. By fourteen, he played for the New Orleans Philharmonic. As he continued to develop his talent he would gained more musical knowledge and training as an instrumentalist for several institutions such as: the New Orleans Symphony Brass Quintet, the New Orleans Community Concert Band, the New Orleans Youth Orchestra, and the New Orleans Symphony; to name a few.
Over the course of the years he has also worked sided-by-side with many very popular jazz musicians such as: Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Sweets Edison, Ron Carter, and Herbie Hancock and many others.
Finding a way to blend his styles with the classical – at twenty— Marsalis won the Grammy Award® for “Best Classical Soloist with an Orchestra.” As he continued to utilize his abilities more he won several Grammy’s for both jazz and classical arrangements and recorded 10 other classical records.
Writer of five books; this brilliantly talented musician has been awarded with thirty-one Honorary Degrees. He has also produced more than 70 records that have sold well over seven million copies worldwide and has won three Gold Records.
To add to his many accolades in 1997 Wynton’s became the first jazz musician for the oratorio; Blood On The Fields, to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
As a philanthropist, whether it’s Hurricane Katrina or My Sister’s Place; Mr. Wynton is always willing to give for an honorable cause.