[2014] Mia Griffiths: Wynton Marsalis

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[2014] Mia Griffiths: Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis

Works Cited Marsalis, Wynton. “Biography.” Wynton Marsalis Official Website. Wynton Marsalis Enterprises, 2015. Web. 7 Dec. 2015. .“Wynton Marsalis Interview Transcript.” Scholastic. Scholastic, 2002. Web. 7 Dec. 2015. .

Wynton Marsalis was born on October 18th, 1961, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He went to Benjamin Franklin High School, and then he got into and graduated from Juilliard in New York. During Wynton’s childhood, he faced discrimination head on in his society, but it petered out as the years went on. His family life was good, and he had lots of musical support from his father and older brother. At the very young age of 6, Wynton started to play the trumpet, and he was very talented and passionate about it, so he pursued it. Before he knew it, Wynton was performing with the New Orleans Philharmonic at 14 years old. During high school, he performed with the New Orleans Symphony Brass Quintet, New Orleans Community Concert Band, New Orleans Youth Orchestra, New Orleans Symphony, various jazz bands, and a local funk band called the Creators. At 17 years old, Wynton became the youngest musician admitted to Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center, and he was given the school’s Harvey Shapiro Award for an outstanding brass student. Obviously, Wynton plays the trumpet, but he also plays the piano, the drums, the french horn, and the tuba, but he says that he doesn’t play them very well. He doesn’t limit himself just to playing jazz; he plays funk, jazz, and even some classical. Although he mainly plays jazz, he doesn’t have a favorite type of jazz, and he enjoys playing and performing all types of jazz. Wynton’s inspirations were all the big name jazz artists in some small way, but when he was in high school, he really got a lot of inspiration from Clark Terry. Wynton composes and performs on tours to this day, and he doesn’t plan to stop any time soon.


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