You are creative, whoever you are. Respect your own creativity and respect the creativity and creative space of other people.
You Are Creative
Topic: Creativity, Culture, & the Arts
If you look at the New Orlians jazz scene today, a lot of the best musicians… all played with Danny Barker’s Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band over the years. So he was hearing something in us way back then. And he was teaching us something, too: You are creative, whoever you are. Respect your own creativity and respect the creativity and creative space of other people.
Wynton Learson Marsalis, an internationally acclaimed American virtuoso trumpeter, composer, teacher, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 18, 1961. The second of six sons to Ellis and Dolores Marsalis, he displayed a superior aptitude for music from an early age, along with a desire to participate in American culture. As a leading advocate of American culture, Marsalis has devoted his career to promoting classical and jazz music, often reaching out to young audiences.
Marsalis, grandson of Ellis Marsalis Sr. and son of jazz musician Ellis Marsalis Jr. (pianist), is also the brother of Branford (saxophonist), Delfeayo (trombonist), and Jason (drummer). He's not only a member of a celebrated musical family but also the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his composition, Blood on the Fields. Marsalis' skills and talent span across genres, as evidenced by his unique achievement of winning Grammy Awards in both jazz and classical in the same year.
An educator as well as a performer, Marsalis was also involved in writing, arranging, and performing music for the 2019 Dan Pritzker film Bolden. His commitment to education and artistic excellence extends to his role at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he fosters the next generation of musical talent.
Marsalis' musicianship encompasses an expansive range of music from quartets to big bands, chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras, and even tap dance to ballet. His compositions and performances have served to expand the vocabulary for jazz and classical music, placing him among the world's finest musicians and composers. When he plays his trumpet, he produces a clear tone with a depth of emotion, exhibiting a unique virtuosic style derived from an encyclopedic range of trumpet techniques. To listen to Marsalis is to hear life being played out through music.
His approach to life mirrors his jazz principles, promoting individual creativity (improvisation), collective cooperation (swing), gratitude and good manners (sophistication), and persistent optimism in the face of adversity (the blues). Through his evolved humanity and selfless work, Marsalis has elevated the quality of human engagement for individuals, social networks, and cultural institutions throughout the world, truly living out the values he espouses.
Moving to Higher Ground
Marsalis, Wynton, and Geoffrey C. Ward. Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life. Random House, 2009 (Intro xiv)..
Theme: The Musical Arts
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