Music Legend Wynton Marsalis to Speak in the Great Hall


Cooper Union

Wynton Marsalis, the internationally acclaimed musician, composer and bandleader, educator, and leading advocate of American culture, will be speaking in the Great Hall on January 17. Mr. Marsalis has created and performed an expansive range of music from quartets to big bands, chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras and tap dance to ballet, expanding the vocabulary for jazz and classical music with a vital body of work that places him among the world’s finest musicians and composers. His music consistently incorporates the blues, all forms of jazz from New Orleans to modern, swing as the primary rhythm, the American popular song, individual and collective improvisation, and a panoramic vision of compositional styles from ditties to dynamic call-and-response patterns.

Mr. Marsalis’ body of music places him among the world’s most significant composers. In 1983, he became the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards® for both jazz and classical records; and he repeated the distinction in 1984. In 1997, he became the first jazz musician ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music for “Blood on the Fields.”


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