Wynton Marsalis is chosen as keynote speaker at UVM commencement. His accomplishments read like a Who’s Who of music.
Here are just a few of his milestones:
- First jazz musician to receive the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1997
- Received Grammys in music for five consecutive years.
- Received a Grammy for both jazz and classical music in the same year in 1983.
- Written six books. His “How Jazz can Change Your Life” (2008) has become a bestseller.
- Currently Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
His career includes multiple roles as performer, composer, bandleader and educator.
You can hear his music on Youtube or on the many CDs and albums he has recorded.