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Wynton Marsalis is a musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a national treasure. 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. He will perform March 6 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Marsalis was born in New Orleans, La. in 1961. At age eight, he performed traditional New Orleans music in the Fairview Baptist Church band, led by legendary banjoist Danny Barker, and at 14, he performed with the New Orleans Philharmonic.
At age 17, Marsalis became the youngest musician ever to be admitted to Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center. He assembled his own band in 1981, performing more than 120 concerts every year for 15 consecutive years.
Marsalis’ love of the music of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and others drove him to pursue a career in classical music, as well. He recorded the Haydn, Hummel and Leopold Mozart trumpet concertos at age 20. His debut recording received positive reviews and won the Grammy Award for “Best Classical Soloist with an Orchestra.”
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