Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Learson Marsalis (born October 18, 1961) is a trumpeter, composer
A composer is a person who creates music, either by musical notation or oral tradition, for interpretation and performance, or through direct manipulation of sonic material through electronic media...

, bandleader
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, music educator, and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz at Lincoln Center
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. Marsalis has promoted the appreciation of classical and jazz music often to young audiences. Marsalis has been awarded nine Grammys in both genres, and a jazz recording of his was the first of its kind to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music
Pulitzer Prize for Music
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Marsalis is the son of jazz musician Ellis Marsalis, Jr.
Ellis Marsalis, Jr.
Ellis Marsalis is an American musician. He can usually be seen performing on Fridays at Snug Harbor jazz bistro in New Orleans.- Life and career :...

 (pianist), grandson to Ellis Marsalis, Sr.
Ellis Marsalis, Sr.
Ellis Louis Marsalis Sr. was an American businessman from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a former poultry farmer and jazz musician turned hotelier and civil rights activist.-Family:...

, and brother to Branford
Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis is an American saxophonist, composer and bandleader. While primarily known for his work in jazz as the leader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, he also performs frequently as a soloist with classical ensembles and has led the group Buckshot LeFonque.-Biography:Marsalis was born...

 (saxophonist), Delfeayo
Delfeayo Marsalis
Delfeayo Marsalis is an American jazz trombonist and record producer.He is a member of the Marsalis family of jazz musicians: father Ellis Marsalis, Jr. , and brothers Branford Marsalis , Wynton Marsalis , and Jason Marsalis...

 (trombonist), Mboya, and Jason
Jason Marsalis
-External links:* from Basin Street Records* from Jazzweekly.com...

Wynton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 18, 1961, to Dolores and Ellis Marsalis, Jr., the second of six sons.

I had a trumpet, but I didn't want to be a trumpet player. I wanted to be some type of athlete or in some type of scholarly activity, be a chemist or something—I had my little chemistry set, and I like playing with it.

Flexibility is an essential part of Jazz. It's what gives Jazz music the ability to combine with all other types of music and not lose its identity.

I think that virtuosity is the first sign of morality in a musician. It means you're serious enough to practice.

The reason why the music is important is because it's an art form—an ancient art form—that takes in the mythology of our people.