Wynton Marsalis

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Full NameWynton Learson Marsalis
Birth DateOctober 18, 1961
Birth PlaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
GenresJazz, post-bop, mainstream, dixieland, classical
Occupation(s)Jazz, post-bop, mainstream, Dixieland, classical
Years Active1980–present
LabelsColumbia, Sony, Blue Note, Marsalis Music
Current RoleArtistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center
AwardsNine Grammy Awards, Pulitzer Prize for Music (for “Blood on the Fields”)
Unique AchievementThe only musician to win Grammy Awards in both jazz and classical categories in the same year
FamilySecond of six sons; brothers Branford, Jason, and Delfeayo are also jazz musicians
EducationStudied at Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Tanglewood Music Center, and Juilliard School
Early InstrumentsReceived the first trumpet at age six, performed publicly at age fourteen

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