From New Orleans, LA, Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12.
He gained experience as a young musician in local marching bands, jazz and funk bands, and classical youth orchestras.
Marsalis is the Music Director of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO), which spends over half the year on tour.
In 2001, Marsalis was awarded the United Nations designation of “Messenger of Peace” by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and in 2002, received the Congressional “Horizon Award.” Reference: African Americans/Voices of Triumph by Dr.
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The finale, ‘Hootenanny’, allowed yet more colours to emerge from the solo violin – I’ve never heard Benedetti project her sound with such mellow warmth – and it concluded with the double basses pumping bravely along while Benedetti’s sound gradually disappeared into the ether.
Yet this interesting endeavour felt less like a fully-achieved work of art than a glorified jam-session, and the other works in the programme served to point this up.