Wynton Marsalis is among the most popular and accomplished musicians of his generation. He was the first musician to win Grammy Awards for both Jazz and classical recordings in the same year and last year received the Pulitzer Prize -- the first ever for jazz composition. Marsalis is also a dedicated Jazz educator, serving as Artistic Director for "Jazz at Lincoln Center." He conducts master classes for young musicians throughout America, tours around the world, and is featured in radio shows and television programs. This year he will lead the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in more than 100 concerts in 40 countries on five continents.
Marian McPartland is an acclaimed pianist and composer, also known as the host of the long-running NPR program "Piano Jazz." Since 1979, Marian has interviewed and performed with over 400 guest artists from the world of jazz. In addition, she maintains active recording and performing schedules, and recently celebrated her 80th birthday at a tribute concert. Born in Windsor, England, Margaret Marian Turner began her musical career at the age of three and by her teens was practicing eight hours a day. In the 1940s, she met the charismatic Chicago cornetist, Jimmy McPartland. The two were married in Germany in 1945 and returned to Jimmy's hometown following the end of the war.
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