UT San Diego
By George Varga
March 8, 2014

Wynton Marsalis is very familiar with the man who may well be one of his most consistent critics. His name is … Wynton Marsalis.

“I hold myself to a standard, and I fall short of it,” said the New Orleans-bred trumpet star, band leader and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. He performs a sold-out show March 15 at Balboa Theatre with his acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which is appearing here under the auspices of the La Jolla Music Society. “

At a concert last weekend, I messed up a part,” Marsalis, 52, elaborated. “I told myself: ‘Remember, this is a ragtime rhythm,’ and I messed up. We have a code in this band that the intention is (equivalent to) the amount of work you put into it. We’re human beings, so I’m a harsh critic. But I’m not going to go crazy. I’m a veteran. I’m not trying to prove I can be out here; I’m trying to prove my intention is always pure and that I can give all that I can. And I’ll let my commitment speak for itself.