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Name: Wynton Learson Marsalis                                                     
Born: 18 October 1961 New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.                                 
Wynton Learson Marsalis (b. October 18, 1961) is an American trumpeter and         
composer. He is among the most prominent jazz musicians of the modern era and is   
also a well-known instrumentalist in classical music. He is also the Musical       
Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. A compilation of his series of inspirational   
letters to a young jazz musical student, named Anthony, has been published as To   
a Young Jazz Musician.                                                             
Marsalis has made his reputation with a combination of skill in jazz performance   
and composition, a sophisticated yet earthy and hip personal style, an             
impressive knowledge of jazz and jazz history, and skill as a virtuoso classical   
trumpeter. 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 Pulitzer Prize for Music, the first time it has been awarded for a     
jazz recording.