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Jazz Great Wynton Marsalis to Perform at Moravian College

Marsalis to conduct master class with students the following morning

Jazz Great Marsalis (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and his quartet will perform in front of a sold-out audience in Moravian College’s Foy Concert Hall on Sunday, April 4th at 7:30 p.m. The concert will include selections from Marsalis’ new CD, “The Magic Hour”, which was recently released on Blue Note Records. The following morning, the public is invited to sit in on the Marsalis workshop as the jazz great works with Moravian College students helping them hone their talents. Marsalis will teach the workshop at Moravian College on Monday, April 5 at 10 a.m. in Foy Concert Hall.

The son of pianist Ellis Marsalis, Wynton received his first trumpet when he was six years old. He studied both classical and jazz and played in local marching bands, funk groups, and classical orchestras. Marsalis played first trumpet in the New Orleans Civic Orchestra while in high school. He went to Julliard when he was 18 and in 1980, Marsalis made his first recordings with the Art Blakely Big Band and joined the Jazz Messengers.

By 1981, the young musician was the talk of the jazz world. He toured with Herbie Hancock, continued working with Blakely, signed with Columbia, and recorded his first album as a leader. In 1982, Marsalis formed his own quintet (featuring his brother Branford) and recorded his first classical album. He was immediately ranked as one of the top classical trumpeters of all time. The quintet lasted until 1985 when Branford quit the band to tour with Sting. Marsalis formed another group that lasted until 1995.

In 1997, Marsalis’ three-CD set, Blood on the Fields, became the first jazz-based work to win a Pulitzer Prize. A year later, he released Standard Time, Vol. 5: The Midnight Blues. In 1999, he released Standard Time, Vol. 4: Marsalis Plays Monk. Marsalis joined with Columbia in creating the seven-disc set, Live at the Village. In 2000, Marciac Suite and Goin’ Down Home were released.

In addition to being recognized world-wide as a jazz trumpeter, Marsalis is also a noted educator, composer, arranger, and Pulitzer Prize winner. He has received numerous honorary degrees from colleges and universities and is Artistic Director of Jazz@Lincoln Center.

Tickets for the master class are $10 and should be purchased in advance. This program is supported by the Rider Pool Foundation and the Moravian College Office of Institutional Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. For more information, please call 610- 861-1650.