This Day in History: 1961-10-18

Wynton Marsalis, noted American trumpeter, versatile equally in jazz and classical genres, soloed on the Haydn Concerto with the New Orleans Phil at age 14, soloed on Bach’s Brandenburg Conc 2 with the Brooklyn Phil, joined Art Blakey’s big band while a student at Juilliard, then member of the Jazz Messengers, featured on televised Boston Pops concert, released two Grammy-winning albums in 1983, embraced a more acoustic, traditional style of jazz, critic of avant-garde jazz and classical musicians who could not play jazz, cofounder of Jazz at Lincoln Center (1987), Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer, winner of many awards, raised money for Higher Ground Campaign, born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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