Wynton Marsalis is an award winning trumpet player. You can see him perform the jazz infused “Abyssinian Mass” with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra October 15 at the Long Center.
Wynton Marsalis was born in New Orleans, a city known for jazz, so it’s no surprise that while growing up he was surrounded my musical inspiration. In fact, he comes from a family of musicians. His father, Ellis Marsalis, Jr. is a pianist, brother Branford is a saxophonist, brother Delfeayo is a trombonist and brother Jason is a drummer.
Marsalis displayed his passion for music at a young age and started playing trumpet at the Fairview Baptist Church in New Orleans when he was only eight years old. By the time he was 14 he started performing with the New Orleans Philharmonic. He continued his pursuit for musical greatness throughout high school and became the youngest musician ever admitted to Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center. Marsalis then attended Julliard and has been performing with groups and changing the world of jazz ever since.
Throughout his career Marsalis has been honored for his achievements. In 1995 Time magazine named him one of America’s 25 most influential people and in 2005 he received the National Medal of Arts, which is the highest award given to artist by the US Government. One of the most disfurnished awards Marsalis has received is the Pulitzer Prize for Music. He because the first jazz musician to win this award in 1997 for his composition “Blood On The Fields”. No jazz musician has won the award since.
Marsalis is currently touring with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which is is artistic and managing director of. They are presenting Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration, a work which was inspired by the Abyssinian Baptist Church located in Harlem, New York. I was originally composed in honor of its 200th anniversary in 2008 and now the Marsalis is taking the celebration nationwide. The tour features a choir of 70 people with ages ranging from 21 to mid-70s. The sacred and secular is combined in this collaboration of jazz, gospel, instrumentals.
Marsalis has been playing for over 40 years. He has played in locations around the globe and received numerous accolades. But it doesn’t matter if he’s in New York, Europe, or even Austin; wherever he goes he always takes a piece of that New Orleans sound with him.
Be apart of the celebration and see Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Center perform the “Abyssinian Mass” October 15 at the Long Center.