In the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra we play such a diversity of music, with 10 arrangers in the band, we don't really worry about whether it's contemporary or not.

Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis

Profession: Musician
Nationality: American

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A musician's whole life is to listen.

I had to figure out how to survive in New York, and most of my time was occupied in getting an apartment and getting money. A lot of older jazz guys looked out for me and found me gigs and places to stay.

Only a few act - the rest of us reap the benefits of their risk.

Don't wish for someone else to do later what you can do now.

There was one thing Beethoven didn't do. When one of his string quartets was played, you can believe the second violin wasn't improvising.

Even in these times, there are still neighbors that will turn their backs on neighbors.

Jazz is not the kind of music you are going to learn to play in three or four years or that you can just get because you have some talent for music.

The best way to be, is to do.

I didn't have a philosophical understanding of music until I came to New York. I didn't understand how it applied to my kind and my generation. I thought it was just old people talking.

Duke Ellington always had a style: original, clean with interesting color combinations. He had an artist's eye.

I feel that for years of teaching in the country and reading criticism in books, I feel like the things most needed in our culture are the understanding of the meanings of our music. We haven't done that good of job teaching our kids what our music means or how we developed our taste in music that reminds us and teaches us who we are.

I wanted to make somebody feel like Coltrane made me feel, listening to it.

The nerves are a problem on trumpet, because when you mess up everyone can hear it. Just remember most people are too polite to say anything about it. That should calm your nerves.

I'm just lucky to have the type of friends and musicians and people dedicated to my music that I do.