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Wynton Learson Marsalis (born October 18, 1961) is an American Jazz and classical music trumpeter and composer. He is Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has promoted the appreciation of Classical and Jazz music, often focusing on young audiences.
As a Jazz performer and compose he is noted as a virtuoso erudite about jazz and jazz history who is also a Classical virtuoso. As of 2006, he has made sixteen classical and more than thirty jazz recordings, has been awarded nine Grammys between the genres, and has been awarded, the first Pulitzer Prize for Music given for a jazz recording.