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Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322

Release date: October 22, 1998
Contact: Deb Hammacher, Assistant Director


Jazz artist Wynton Marsalis
WHAT: "No America, No Jazz" University Speakers Series
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5
WHERE: Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Rd., Emory
COST: Free and open to the public. For information, call (404) 727-5050.

Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz artist Wynton Marsalis will inaugurate Emory University's new University Speakers Series on Thursday, Nov. 5 with a lecture titled "No America, No Jazz."

Marsalis is the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Widely considered the most accomplished jazz musician and composer of his generation, he is credited with bringing jazz to the forefront of American culture as a bandleader, teacher, composer and recording artist.

Born in New Orleans in 1961, Marsalis began classical trumpet training at age 12, entered The Juilliard School at age 17 and soon joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He has made more than 30 jazz and classical recordings, which have earned him eight Grammy Awards. In 1983 he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz Grammies in one year, then remarkably repeated the feat the following year. His most recent recordings include Jump Start and Jazz and Big Train with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Standard Time Volume 5­­The Midnight Blues. Marsalis became the first jazz artist to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music for his oratorio on slavery, Blood on the Fields.

In addition to his recording and performing careers, Marsalis is an internationally respected teacher and spokesman for music education. He regularly conducts master classes for students of all ages, including the popular Jazz for Young People concerts produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The preceding evening, Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will perform a concert to a sold-out audience at Emory's Glenn Memorial Auditorium.

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