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Wynton Marsalis

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Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
Born New Orleans, Louisiana
Jazz in America always seems to be on the verge of disappearing, but it stays alive, thanks to practitioners such as Wynton Marsalis. A musical prodigy, the New Orleans–born Marsalis combines the careers of virtuoso trumpet player, composer, and impresario in a way that emphasizes jazz’s all-embracing creativity. He went to New York’s famed Juilliard School in 1979 and played in clubs around town, joining Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Continuing to play, he also promoted the advancement of jazz, founding Lincoln Center’s jazz program in 1987 and appearing on television in both documentary and performance programming. Marsalis is not without his critics, who think that he has made jazz too conservative an art form. However, he has won nine Grammy Awards, as well as a Pulitzer Prize for music (1997).
Artist
Philippe Lévy-Stab, born 1967
Sitter
Wynton Marsalis, born 18 Oct 1961
Date
2004
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Philippe Levy-Stab
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 20 x 20.2 cm (7 7/8 x 7 15/16")
Sheet : 30.3 x 23.5 cm (11 15/16 x 9 1/4")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14")
Type
Photograph
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Object number
NPG.2004.132
Topic
Interior
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone
Home Furnishings\Drinking vessel\Cup
Wynton Marsalis: Male
Wynton Marsalis: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Wynton Marsalis: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Wynton Marsalis: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Trumpet
Portrait
Place
France\Île-de-France\Ville de Paris, Départment de\Paris
Restrictions & Rights
© 2005 Philippe Levy-Stab