Tune in to PBS on Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m.* for Live From Lincoln Center featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at Frederick P. Rose Hall and hosted by 60 Minutes, CBS News Correspondent Lesley Stahl (left). Specially selected by Mr. Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center ’s Artistic Director, the band will perform music they’ve played through the ages and the world over: favorite tunes from the band’s expansive repertoire including original compositions by members of the band. The St. Louis Post Dispatch called the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra “… one of the strongest, swingingest bands in the land.”
Jazz musician, trumpeter, composer, bandleader, advocate for the arts and educator, Wynton Marsalis has helped propel jazz to the forefront of American culture in his role as Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and as an acclaimed artist. His prominent position in American culture was solidified in April 1997, when he became the first jazz artist to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music for his work Blood on the Fields, which was commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center . He has served as the world-renowned arts organization’s artistic director as well as music director of the resident big band, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, since its inception in 1987.