The son of pianist Ellis Marsalis, brother of Branford, Delfeayo,and Jason, Wynton Marsalis is a member of "The First Family of Jazz." He has long been an evangelist for jazz traditions, eschewing electronic and pop influences.
Marsalis could just as easily be placed in the jazz genre, but he has long straddled the divide between jazz and classical music. He released his first classical album, Haydn, Hummel, L. Mozart: Trumpet Concertos, in 1983, for which he won a Grammy. He went on to compose music that deftly blends jazz, classical, blues, and Latin rhythms into something uniquely American.
Marsalis won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1997 for his oratorio Blood on the Fields.
In 1984, Wynton Marslais became the first person to win Grammy awards in the jazz and classical categories in the same year.
The dean of African-American composers.
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