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Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of Life by Wynton Marsalis and Carl Vigeland

Wynton Marsalis is the Martha Stewart of jazz. He does it all: virtuoso trumpeter in classical and jazz, award-winning composer, bandleader, director and co-founder of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, teacher, broadcaster, pitchman for Movado watches. Add to that his latest, and perhaps most important role: oracle.

His national premier as oracle was as chief spokesperson for jazz in Ken Burns’ epic, 10-part paean to moldy figs. From his pulpit on Burns’ show, Marsalis issued bon mots about jazz and its universal-indeed, intergalactic-significance.

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