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Thu Dec 15 16:02:57 EST 2011




Wynton Marsalis, internationally acclaimed musician, composer and 
educator, has been named Cultural Correspondent for CBS. It was 
announced today by CBS News Chairman and 60 MINUTES Executive Producer 
Jeff Fager and David Rhodes, President, CBS News. In this role, Marsalis 
will provide insight into a broad range of cultural and educational 
developments on CBS THIS MORNING and CBS SUNDAY MORNING. His first CBS 
News appearance will be on Monday, January 16, 2012, as the nation 
observes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.

             "Wynton Marsalis and CBS News have a strong connection that 
goes back many years," said Fager. "His appearances on '60 Minutes,' 
including his part in our tribute to the great Ed Bradley, were 
memorable, and the beautiful sounds of his trumpet adorn the network 
every single week with the fanfare that opens 'Sunday Morning.' Now our 
viewers will benefit from a regular dose of his insights and 
observations about American culture."

"The world already knows Wynton as a virtuoso," said Rhodes. "Less well 
known is his passion for education, for bringing together young and old, 
and for American culture in general: a passion he's developed traveling 
across the country and the world over the course of his storied career."

              "Walter Cronkite was a jazz fan and a drummer," commented 
Marsalis. "Ed Bradley was a mentor and treasured friend. I was an 
unabashed lover of Charles Kuralt's vision of America from the road and 
Dr. Billy Taylor's jazz segment on 'Sunday Morning' inspired us all. I 
am honored to be a part of the CBS News family. I look forward to 
sharing with viewers the incredible variety and richness of our national 
culture---from ballet to the blues, from barbecue to the backbeat."

Few people have made as wide or deep a mark on contemporary culture as 
Wynton Marsalis. Celebrated for his contributions as a performer, 
composer, bandleader and educator, Marsalis has won nine Grammy Awards, 
and is the only artist in history to have received Grammy's for five 
consecutive years and the only artist to have received a Grammy for both 
jazz and classical music in the same year (1983).

Marsalis has been Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center since 
1987. Under his direction, the organization offers a full array of 
education, performance, and broadcast productions, including national 
and international touring by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and 

As a performer, he has toured 30 countries around the world and made 
more than 70 recordings---including three Gold Records. These recordings 
feature his trademark swinging style and inclusive approach to jazz. A 
passionate admirer of classical music, Marsalis has also recorded a 
number of classical works as a trumpet soloist and has performed with a 
variety of orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles 
Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and London's Royal 

  As a composer, Marsalis has consistently broken new ground. His 1997 
"Blood On The Fields," was the first jazz composition to win the 
Pulitzer Prize for Music. Other notable works include "All Rise" (1999), 
"Congo Square" (2006), "Abyssinian 200: A Celebration" (2008), "Blues 
Symphony" (2009), and "Swing Symphony" (2010). He has also composed 
works for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as for 
some of the world's leading choreographers, including Twyla Tharp, Peter 
Martins, Judith Jameson, Savion Glover, and Garth Fagan.

He has given generously of his time and talent to students of all ages, 
conducting master classes, music lessons for countless individuals, and 
lectures at a wide variety of institutions. He also wrote and hosted an 
educational series, "Marsalis on Music," which debuted on PBS in 1995. 
That same year, National Public Radio began airing his 26-week radio 
program, "Making the Music." For these two outstanding expositions of 
jazz music, Marsalis won a George Foster Peabody Award. In addition, he 
has authored or co-authored a number of books, including Sweet Swing 
Blues on the Road (1994), Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of Life (2001), 
To a Young Musician: Letters from the Road (2004), Jazz ABZ: An A to Z 
Collection of Jazz Portraits (2005), and most recently, Moving to Higher 
Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life (2008). In the spring of 2010 
Marsalis launched a multi-year lecture series at Harvard University to 
convey the importance of cultural literacy to America's future leaders 
and to illuminate the relationship between American music and the 
American identity.

  Marsalis began performing at the age of eight. At 14, he performed 
with the New Orleans Philharmonic, and during his high school years he 
was performing with the orchestras and jazz bands around his New 
Orleans. At the age of 17, he was the youngest musician ever admitted to 
Tanglewood's Berkshire Music Center, where he received the Harvey 
Shapiro Award for outstanding brass student. The following year, he 
moved to New York City to attend the Juilliard School, and soon 
afterwards began performing at venues around the city. In 1980, he 
joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and in 1981 he formed his own band, 
spending the next 15 years on the road, performing more than 120 
concerts a year and working with jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, 
Clark Terry, Sweets Edison, Sarah Vaughn, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins.

  Marsalis' extraordinary contribution to the arts and education has 
earned him more than 25 honorary degrees from some of America's most 
prestigious universities and colleges including Harvard, Princeton, 
Columbia, Howard and Yale. Other distinctions include The National Medal 
of Arts; The New York Urban League's Frederick Douglass Medallion for 
distinguished leadership; the American Arts Council's Arts Education 
Award. He has received accolades from the Netherlands, France, Spain, 
and Great Britain, and in 2001, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi 
Annan appointed him a UN Messenger of Peace.

  Marsalis continues to tour the globe as a performer, conductor, and 

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