Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis, Grammy winner and Pulitzer Prize winner, will perform Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the WVU Creative Arts Center.

It’s not often that you can see a Grammy award winner and a Pulitzer Prize winner in one person.

Nine-time Grammy Award-winner Wynton Marsalis will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre of the WVU Creative Arts Center, Morgantown.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis is the first event in the Universty Arts Series.

Tickets are $50, $55 and $60, depending on seat location, and are available at 293-SHOW or www.events.wvu.edu.

Marsalis leads an ensemble that delves into jazz tradition with affection, musicality and drive, recreating the music of masters past and present with the energy of today as well as a rare understanding of the music’s rich history.

The big band performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center- commissioned works, including compositions and arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, and many more. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performances invariably celebrate the essential spirit of jazz at its absolute highest.

In 1997 he became the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize in music, for his epic oratorio on the subject of slavery, “Blood on the Fields.” As a composer and performer, Marsalis is also represented on a quartet of Sony Classical releases, “At the Octoroon Balls: String Quartet No. 1,” “A Fiddler’s Tale,” “Reel Time,” and ‘Sweet Release and Ghost Story: Two More Ballets by Wynton Marsalis.”

All are volumes of an eight-CD series, titled “Swinging Into The 21st,” that is an unprecedented set of albums released in the past year featuring a remarkable scope of original compositions and standards, from jazz to classical to ballet, by composers from Jelly Roll Morton to Stravinsky to Monk, in addition to Marsalis.

Winner of eight Grammy awards for his jazz and classical recordings, Marsalis has also been creatively involved in musical education. His four-part, Peabody Award-winning TV series, “Marsalis on Music,” released on home video by Sony Classical, introduces young viewers to the adventure of making music.

USA Today hailed Marsalis on Music as “a thrilling four-part seminar of music appreciation written and literally conducted by the affable Wynton Marsalis. Comparisons to Leonard Bernstein’s famed ‘Young People’s Concerts’ are appropriate.”

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), comprises 15 jazz soloists and ensemble players, and has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra for over 12 years. Featured in all aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming, this versatile orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S. and around the globe; in concert halls, dance venues, jazz clubs, public parks, river boats, and churches; and with symphony orchestras, ballet troupes, local students and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists. Marsalis is music director.

Marsalis had earned Grammy awards for his jazz and classical recordings. In recognition of the many hours he has contributed to music education, community organizations and charities, he has been given keys to cities across the country, all types of community service awards, and a Congressional citation.

He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Rutgers University, Amherst College, Howard University, Long Island University, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Brandeis, Manhattan School of Music, University of Miami and others.

Marsalis has completed residencies at both The University of Miami and Southern Methodist University, where he was awarded the Meadows Award of Excellence in the Arts. He was appointed to the New York State Council on the Arts in 1997. In April of 1998, he was presented with The Essence Award as well as with the 1998 Young Audiences Children of the Arts Medal award.

He was profiled by “60 Minutes” and has been the subject of cover stories for Life Magazine, Time Magazine, Parade, Sunday New York Times Magazine, Sunday Los Angeles Times Calendar, ICON Magazine, London Times Magazine, and Esquire (UK), as well as numerous appearances on the covers of JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz. In 1996, Time Magazine named him among America’s 25 Most Influential People.

E-mail Debra Minor Wilson at dwilson@timeswv.com.

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