Internationally Acclaimed Musician
Wednesday, November 2, 7:45 p.m.
Bob Carpenter Center
Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz. Marsalis has produced more than 70 records selling seven million copies worldwide including three Gold Records.
A recipient of both the National Medal of Arts and a Pulitzer Prize for Music, he is the only artist ever to win Grammy awards in five consecutive years. All told, he has won the recording industry’s most prestigious award nine times.
Additionally, Marsalis works to uplift populations worldwide with the egalitarian spirit of jazz. Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans native organized a relief concert that raised $3 million for musicians and cultural organizations impacted by the hurricane. At the same time, he assumed a leadership role on the Bring Back New Orleans Cultural Commission and helped shape a master plan to revitalize the city’s cultural base.
He has donated time and talent to several non-profit organizations throughout the country, including: My Sister’s Place (a shelter for battered women), Graham Windham (a shelter for homeless children), the Children’s Defense Fund, Amnesty International, the Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute, Food For All Seasons (a food bank for the elderly and disadvantaged), Very Special Arts (a cultural program offering dance, drama, literature, and music to individuals with physical and mental disabilities) and the Newark (NJ) Boys Chorus School.
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