Jazz great Wynton Marsalis will perform for a sold-out house of fans at Plymouth State University on October 27. Tickets began selling as soon as they were released in late August, and it was clear from the beginning that the New Orleans musician would be celebrated by a capacity crowd.
A fixture on the American cultural scene, Wynton Marsalis has compiled a remarkable record as a jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and the most recognized jazz artist in the world today. He has produced 33 jazz and 11 classical records, sold more than seven million records worldwide and won eight Grammy awards.
In 1997 he became the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize in music for Blood on the Fields, his epic oratorio on the subject of slavery.
Stanley Crouch wrote, “The most important thing about Marsalis is that he truly loves to communicate the essences of music to his fellow musicians and to his audiences. In his dream world, the ideal is that good old hometown feeling that he drew from the best of his New Orleans background. That dream world inhabits the meaning of his art.”
Joining Marsalis in Plymouth will be Dan Nimmer, piano; Carlos Henriquez, bass; Ali Jackson, drums; Walter Blanding, reeds and Jennifer Sanon, vocals.
Last month Marsalis hosted a three-hour “Live from Lincoln Center” telethon to raise funds for hurricane relief efforts. Marsalis is artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, which has established a fund to benefit New Orleans musicians and provide general hurricane relief. He says, “New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz. The city’s diverse population of Spanish, French, British, West Africans and Americans created an original music that embodies the fundamental principals of democracy. Jazz at Lincoln Center was established to celebrate jazz and so we are particularly moved to action by the destruction visited on the Crescent City by Katrina.”
The Fund will be administered and distributed through the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, a non-profit community foundation.