PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING MUSICIAN
An Evening with Wynton Marsalis
Apr. 27, 2021 @ 7:30 p.m.
Wynton Marsalis has been described as the most outstanding jazz musician and trumpeter of his generation, as one of the world’s top classical trumpeters, as a big band leader in the tradition of Duke Ellington, a brilliant composer, a devoted advocate for the Arts and a tireless and inspiring educator. He carries these distinctions well. His life is a portrait of discipline, dedication, sacrifice, and creative accomplishment.
Marsalis has won nine Grammy Awards. In 1983 he earned the distinction of being the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards for both jazz and classical records (an accomplishment he repeated in 1984), and he is the only artist ever to have won Grammy Awards in five consecutive years (1983‐1987). In 1997, Wynton Marsalis became the first jazz musician ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his epic oratorio “Blood on the Fields.”
Marsalis has devoted his life to uplifting populations worldwide with the egalitarian spirit of jazz. A philanthropist, he has selflessly donated his time and talent to non-profit organizations throughout the country to raise money to meet the many needs within our society. And while his body of work is enough to fill two lifetimes, Wynton continues to work tirelessly to contribute even more to our world’s cultural landscape.
Jeff and Jani Leuschel