Wynton Marsalis was born the second of six sons of jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis and his wife Dolores and began playing the trumpet at age 12. Experience in traditional jazz he collected as a teenager in the band of Danny Barker. After studying at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, he was in 1980 a member of Art Blakey 's Jazz Messengers. Since 1982, Marsalis has worked as a soloist and teacher, where he devoted himself to both the jazz and classical music. The Jazz Author Joachim Ernst Berendt 's opinion of him: " Since Dizzy Gillespie 's trumpet in jazz was no longer blown with such a lucid instrumental - technical mastery as of Wynton Marsalis. "
Marsalis is considered extremely conservative musician from the late 60s many stylistic developments of jazz - such as free jazz or fusion - rigorously rejects. Nevertheless, he took part at about the recording of Mingus ' Third Stream composition Epitaph and the Joe Henderson album Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn. As a teacher at New York's Lincoln Center, and Musical Director of the jazz department he gained considerable influence in the 1990s. One of his most famous associates is the writer and journalist Stanley Crouch. He was also a key advisor for the television series created by Ken Burns about jazz that was also because of their limited view of the history of jazz in the criticism. From 2012 he has worked as a cultural correspondent for CBS.
His older brother is the jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis.
" [ Wynton Marsalis ] may be [ the ] most [ ] trumpeter of all time. "
" Wynton imitates the styles of other people too well. To imitate each other, you can not learn without a real deficit. I've never heard of Wynton, which has sounded for anything significant. His music sounds like a talented high-school trumpet player ... He's as jazzy as someone who drives a BMW is sporty. "
German -language literature
- Wynton Marsalis - Photographs by Frank Stewart, Sweet Swing Blues, Hoffmann und Campe Verlag, Hamburg, 1995
- Wynton Marsalis: Jazz - my life. From the power of improvisation, from the English by Sabine Schmidt, Siedler Verlag 2010 ISBN 978-3-88680-934-9 (English original: Moving to higher ground how jazz can change your life, Random House, 2008. )
- Joachim Ernst Berendt, Günther Huesmann: The Jazz Book. From New Orleans to the 21st century. 7 completely revised and updated edition. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2005, ISBN 3-10-003802-9, pp. 204-227, chapter " Wynton Marsalis and David Murray ."
- Christian Broecking, The Marsalis factor, Oreos, 1995
- Christian Broecking, Black Codes, Criminal Verlag, 2005
- Christian Broecking, The Marsalis complex.. Studies on the social relevance of African-American Jazz 1992-2007 Dissertation TU Berlin (also: Broecking Verlag 2011, ISBN 978-3-938763-32-2 )