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Wynton Marsalis in Conversation

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Elliott Forrest & Wynton Marsalis

Airs Monday, February 17 at 9 pm. WyntonMarsalis marks 25 years at the helm of Jazz at Lincoln Center during the 2012-13 Season. To celebrate this milestone, Marsalis sat down with Elliott Forrest, the Peabody Award-winning radio host and producer of WQXR and WNYC. In this rare long-form intimate conversation, they talk about the early days of JALC, how the trumpet found Marsalis, the very different roles his parents played in his life, the history of Jazz, music education and, in a one-of-a-kind demonstration, Marsalis recreates the playing styles of other trumpeters, including Clark Terry, Miles Davis and others.
The event from which this radio special was created was held on June 5, 2012 in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, for a live web and studio audience and included two performances by Marsalis with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra playing “Comes Love (Nothing Can Be Done)” and “Free To Be." The Musicians: WyntonMarsalis, trumpet; Walter Blanding, saxophone; Dan Nimmer, piano; Carlos Henriquez, bass; Willie Jones, III, drums