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Wynton Marsalis : Skain's domain : a biography
Gourse, Leslie.
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New York : Schirmer Books, [1999]

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xvi, 311 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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ML419.M3 G68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
ML419.M3 G68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
ML419.M3 G68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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Presents the first full-length biography of the masterful trumpeter, composer, and cofounder of Jazz at Lincoln Center, revealing the private side of one of the most talented and controversial figures in music today. Explores his early years, his education, and his development into a celebrated performer and composer, and discusses his strong opinions in music education and his efforts to carve a place for jazz within the classical music establishment. Includes bandw photos taken in the 1970s-1990s, from personal collections. Gourse is the author of numerous award-winning biographies of jazz performers. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Although he is not yet 40, Wynton Marsalis has perhaps the most recognized name in contemporary jazz. In 1980, when the New Orleans-born trumpeter dropped out of Juilliard and began a brief but formative apprenticeship in bop drummer Art Blakey's group, the Jazz Messengers, few opportunities existed to play old-fashioned, acoustic jazz (as opposed to fusion or crossover pop). Within two years, however, he struck out on his own, developing a freewheeling blend of traditonal and modern jazz, inflected by avant-garde and classical music, as frontman for the Wynton Marsalis Quintet. By the time he won two Grammys in 1983 at the age of 23, Marsalis was a superstar. In the '90s, Marsalis has devoted himself to orchestral work with Jazz at Lincoln Center, a Manhattan program that he cofounded. Gourse (The Ella Fitzgerald Companion) traces Marsalis's controversies (during the '80s, for instance, he had a simmering feud with Miles Davis) and musical development in detail, and offers brief glimpses into his personal life: this clean-cut, natty intellectual with a homespun penchant for storytelling has refused to marry, making everything in his life, even the children he's fathered, secondary to his music, according to Gourse. But Gourse relies so heavily on quotations from Marsalis, his brother Branford and their fellow musicians that her story never gains any of the improvisatory momentum that so distinguishes her brilliant protagonist. Photos. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved