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Wynton Marsalis brings signature sound to Prescott

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Wynton Marsalis, a musician of worldwide acclaim, will jazz up the Yavapai College Performance Hall stage in a concert Sunday, Oct. 4.

The curtain goes up on Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at 4 p.m.

Among the many accolades heaped on this musician, Marsalis has been described as the most outstanding jazz musician and trumpeter of his generation and one of the world's top classical trumpeters.

His triumphs as a musician have won him nine Grammy Awards, the Louis Armstrong Memorial Medal, the key to more than 50 cities, induction into the American Academy of Achievement, Time Magazine's designation as one of America's 25 most influential people, and the U.S. government's National Medal of Arts.

One of Marsalis's most prestigious honors came in 1997. After decades of refusal by the Pulitzer Prize jury to recognize jazz musicians and their improvisational music, Marsalis won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his epic oratorio, "Blood on the Fields," a composition of music and vocals that capture the essence of American slavery.

A man of man many causes other than his music, Marsalis organized the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Concert, which raised and distributed more than $3 million to musicians and cultural organizations affected by Hurricane Katrina. The New Orleans native also assumed a leadership role on the Bring Back New Orleans Cultural Commission to help shape a plan to restore the city's cultural base.

Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, composed of 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players, is the resident orchestra at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Under Marsalis's direction, the orchestra tours around the world performing a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to modern Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works, including compositions and arrangements by the jazz masters and members of the band.

"This show hits a real high note for our 2009-2010 season," said Julie Moss, Yavapai College community events supervisor. "It takes a lot of work by the college and sponsors to pull this off, but the instant you hear Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO really start to swing, you'll know it's all worthwhile."

Tickets are $68/$66/$64 and are available online at www.tickets.com (search for "Yavapai College"), by phone from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 928-776-2000 or toll free 1-877-928-4253 or in person from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the YC Community Events ticket office located in the lobby of the Performance Hall.

The Yavapai College Performance Hall is located on the Prescott campus at 1100 E. Sheldon St.

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