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The Music Quest: Answer 11

About This Daily Classroom Special
The Music Quest  focuses on discovering the wonders of our musical universe. Visit it for a musical question—a description and hints about a mystery composer, musician, instrument or musical excerpt.
The Music Quest was written  by former Teachers Network Web Mentor Kristi Thomas, a teacher at  William F. Halley Elementary School Fairfax Station, Virginia.

Answer 11

Wynton Marsalis 

Wynton Marsalis has been called the most accomplished and acclaimed jazz musician and composer of his generation. One of the things that is so remarkable about Marsalis is his unique ability to excel as both a jazz AND classical performer. He has recorded over 30 albums in both genres, and appears on countless more as a guest artist. He is an amazing musician.

Marsalis arrived on the music scene in 1982, barely out of his teens. While studying trumpet at the Juilliard School in New York City, Marsalis was chosen to become a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and that same year was signed by Columbia Records. This was an astounding accomplishment for someone only 20 years old! Marsalis comes from a very musical family. He was born in New Orleans in 1961, the second of six sons of Dolores and Ellis Marsalis. Marsalis started studying the trumpet seriously when he was 12 years old. His father, Ellis, and brothers, Branford and Delfeo, are also famous jazz musicians.

Marsalis is currently the artistic director for the internationally recognized Jazz at Lincoln Center Program. This year he became the first jazz artist ever to win the coveted Pulitzer Prize for music. He was awarded the Pulitzer for his epic jazz opera Blood on the Fields.


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