Wynton Marsalis, an American Jazz Legend; composer, bandleader, trumpeter and nine-time Grammy Award winner, is internationally renowned for his ingenuity and instrumental virtuosity. He is currently the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. In this virtual session, he took up his role which he upholds greatly: being an educator – meeting, interacting with Kenyan musicians, music educators and enthusiasts.
Wynton is a firm believer in universal humanism and uses music to bring people together and elevate one’s consciousness. Wynton not only thinks of those in his bloodline who have handed him this legacy, but he gives musical voice to the regional connection among Africans and the spiritual connection amongst people of African descent around the globe. It was also an open invitation for us to use our music as a response to the call of jazz from the Americas.
During this candid session, it was interesting to witness how music transcends the classroom space, the concert stage, and recording studio. It is an essential part of who we are as human beings. It elicited a lot of interesting conversation and nostalgia.
Marsalis an internationally respected teacher and spokesman for music education, affirmed on the importance to revisit the connection between music and moral education in culture, immersed as it is in self-indulgence and vulgarity.