Wynton Learson Marsalis (Composer)
Born: 18th October 1961, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A
Wynton Learson Marsalis is an American trumpeter, composer, teacher, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has promoted classical and jazz music, often to young audiences. Marsalis has won at least nine Grammy Awards, and his Blood on the Fields was the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. He is the only musician to win a Grammy Award in jazz and classical during the same year.
Further Reading: Marsalis, W
The violinist talks to Katherine about premiering the legendary jazz musician's Violin Concerto (released earlier this month on Decca), which draws on influences as diverse as Robert Johnson, Duke Ellington, Scottish folk music and Stravinsky.