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Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis, the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, musician, educator, and composer, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and received his first trumpet from renowned musician Al Hirt at the age of six. Marsalis has won nine Grammy Awards, in both jazz and classical categories, and is the only artist to have won Grammy Awards in five consecutive years, from 1983 to 1987. In 1997, Marsalis’s oratorio on slavery and freedom, Blood on the Fields, became the first and, to date, only jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize in music. He is the author of To a Young... Read More

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Moving to Higher Ground
Written by Wynton Marsalis and Geoffrey Ward
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | September 2009
$17.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6908-5 (0-8129-6908-1)

In this beautiful book, Pulitzer Prize—winning musician and composer Wynton Marsalis draws upon lessons he’s learned from a lifetime in jazz–lessons that can help us all move to higher ground. With wit and candor he demystifies the music that is the birthright of every American and demonstrates how a real understanding... Read more

To a Young Jazz Musician
Written by Wynton Marsalis and Selwyn Seyfu Hinds
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | November 2005
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7420-1 (0-8129-7420-4)

In To a Young Jazz Musician, the renowned jazz musician and Pulitzer Prize—winning composer Wynton Marsalis gives us an invaluable guide to making good music–and to leading a good life.
Writing from the road “between the bus ride, the sound check, and the gig,”

Marsalis passes on wisdom gained from experience, addressed... Read more

The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Jazz
Written by Loren Schoenberg, Foreword by Wynton Marsalis
TarcherPerigee | Trade Paperback | August 2002
$14.95/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-399-52794-4 (0-399-52794-X)

  • A concise history of jazz
  • The noteworthy composers and musicians, from Jelly Roll Morton and Thelonious Monk to Miles Davis and Charles Mingus
  • Major performers from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald to Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington
  • Classic songs and compositions
  • The most influential recordings of all time
  • A complete guide to jazz terminology and...
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