I’ve been a fan of Wynton Marsalis’ work for some time. We know him as a trumpet player; I routinely find him with his Lincoln Center Orchestra; his session with Eric Clapton is as good as it gets, and the tribute to Dave Brubeck, a personal musical talisman in my life, is wonderful.
But it was as a teacher that I first discovered him; several of his quotes from an old PBS show on Juilliard made it into my “Summon The Magic” e-book. I also discovered Eric Booth, also a teacher at Juilliard.
I could learn something from world-class experts brought in to teach someone trying to be their best at their chosen field of expression. Wynton is one of those; he loves what he does, and he loves his art form.
Here is an appearance, an hour on tape, he made at an event in Louisville.
Internationally acclaimed musician, composer and bandleader, Wynton Marsalis talks about music, his mentors and the irreplaceable role of art and creativity in American culture. Part question and answer, part meditation on life, it was part of the IdeaFestival® 2014.
Listen closely from 11:50 on, as Wynton talks about the exponential power of coming together, in which one’s own potential grows when paired with someone else’s knowledge and abilities. He goes on to explain how this works in a jazz group and in real life.
And listen to the question and answer on technology at about the 47-minute market, about how we can carry our complete CD collection in our pocket. We all have something to learn from this great human being. (And maybe someone can send this link to our political leadership.)
And if you’ve been one who has enjoyed to some depth the e-book I’ve put up on how to use your mind to become a better whatever-it-is-that-you-are-striving-for, then you’ll resonate with me on the last comment by the host.
And, finally, here’s 47 minutes of Marsalis on trumpet: