04/07/09

Wynton Marsalis Urges Congressional Arts Support

Wynton Marsalis, the trumpeter who also who serves as the Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, urged Congress in a March 30 speech to provide more support for the arts to help restore America’s integrity through its culture. Marsalis delivered the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy during National Arts Advocacy Day at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center.

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Marsalis punctuated his tale of the American experience with musical performances by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Chris Crenshaw, Victor Goines, Carlos Henriquez, Ali Jackson and Dan Nimmer.

The following day, Marsalis testified, along with singer-songwriter Josh Groban and vocalist Linda Ronstadt, at a Congressional hearing entitled “The Arts=Jobs,” where each made the case for more funding for the arts to help sustain valuable programs during the recession and beyond.

“All around the world, music links generations old and young, and cultures near and far. So, it's critical for the nation to reevaluate its priorities during this financial crisis to ensure the best aspects of American culture aren't lost to younger generations because of scarce funding,” said Marsalis, a long-time advocate for the arts and international spokesman for music education.

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