(Photo credit Piper Ferguson)
Wynton Marsalis is the Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, Mr. Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12 and soon began playing in local bands of diverse genres. He entered The Juilliard School at age 17 and joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Mr. Marsalis made his recording debut as a leader in 1982, and has since recorded more than 70 jazz and classical albums which have garnered him nine GRAMMY Awards (and 33 nominations).
In 1983, he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz GRAMMY® Awards in the same year; he repeated this feat in 1984. In 1997, Mr. Marsalis became the first jazz artist to be awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in music for his oratorio Blood on the Fields.
Jazz at Lincoln Center
The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and advocacy.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. Featured in all aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming, this remarkably versatile orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S. and around the globe.
Over the last few years, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has performed collaborations with many of the world’s leading symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic; the Russian National Orchestra; the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; the Boston, Chicago and London Symphony Orchestras; the Orchestra Esperimentale in São Paolo, Brazil.
Wynton Marsalis, Music Director, Trumpet
Ryan Kisor, Trumpet
Kenny Rampton, Trumpet
Marcus Printup, Trumpet
Chris Crenshaw, Trombone
Vincent Gardner, Trombone
Elliot Mason, Trombone
Walter Blanding, Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, Clarinet
Sherman Irby, Alto and Soprano Saxophones, Flute, Clarinet
Ted Nash, Alto and Soprano Saxophones, Flute, Clarinet
Victor Goines, Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Paul Nedzela, Baritone and Soprano Saxophones, Bass Clarinet
Dan Nimmer, Piano
Carlos Henriquez, Bass
Obed Calvaire, Drums