BIOGRAPHY: Jazz at Lincoln Center & Wynton Marsalis

BIOGRAPHY: Jazz at Lincoln Center & Wynton Marsalis 2014-06-27T15:04:59+00:00

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is comprised of 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today. This remarkably versatile orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S. and around the globe. Under Music Director Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra spends over a third of the year on tour. The big band performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works, including compositions by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie.

Over the last few years, the orchestra has performed collaborations with many of the world’s leading symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Russian National Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Television broadcasts of Jazz at Lincoln Center programs have helped broaden the awareness of its unique efforts in the music. The orchestra was featured in a production of Great Performances entitled “Swingin’ with Duke: Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis,” which aired on PBS in 1999.

Wynton Marsalis, music director & trumpet

Wynton Marsalis is the Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, Mr. Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12. He entered The Juilliard School at age 17 and shortly thereafter, joined the legendary Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Mr. Marsalis made his recording debut as a leader in 1982, and has since recorded more than 70 jazz and classical albums which have garnered him nine Grammy® Awards. He is only artist to win both classical and jazz Grammy®s in the same year, in both 1983 and 1984. Mr. Marsalis’ rich body of compositions includes Sweet Release; Jazz: Six Syncopated Movements; Jump Start and Jazz and Big Train. Other works include the 1999 ballet Them Twos, a collaboration with the New York City Ballet, as well as three symphonies that have been performed by orchestras around the world. In 1997, Mr. Marsalis became the first jazz artist to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music for his oratorio Blood on the Fields. He also led the effort to construct Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, opened in October 2004, the first education, performance, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz, which Mr. Marsalis co-founded in 1989.


Wynton Marsalis last performed with La Jolla Music Society on March 26, 1994.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra last performed for La Jolla Music Society in the Jazz Series on March 15, 2014.