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Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis
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Philippe Lévy-Stab, born 1967
Wynton Marsalis, born 18 Oct 1961
Gelatin silver print
Image: 20 x 20.2 cm (7 7/8 x 7 15/16")
Sheet : 30.3 x 23.5 cm (11 15/16 x 9 1/4")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Philippe Levy-Stab
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© 2005 Philippe Levy-Stab
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Born New Orleans, Louisiana
Jazz in America always seems to be on the verge of disappearing, but it stays alive, thanks to practitioners such as Wynton Marsalis. A musical prodigy, the New Orleans–born Marsalis combines the careers of virtuoso trumpet player, composer, and impresario in a way that emphasizes jazz’s all-embracing creativity. He went to New York’s famed Juilliard School in 1979 and played in clubs around town, joining Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Continuing to play, he also promoted the advancement of jazz, founding Lincoln Center’s jazz program in 1987 and appearing on television in both documentary and performance programming. Marsalis is not without his critics, who think that he has made jazz too conservative an art form. However, he has won nine Grammy Awards, as well as a Pulitzer Prize for music (1997).
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