New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) today announced that world-renowned musician, composer, educator and Managing and Artistic Director
of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis
has joined the MMRF Honorary Board.
"Wynton Marsalis' lifetime commitment to uplifting people through the arts inspires everyone around him to step forward to drive positive change in the world. He has been a tremendous friend to the MMRF and we could not be more thrilled nor more honored to welcome him to our esteemed Honorary Board of Directors," shared Kathy Giusti, Founder and Executive Chairman of the MMRF.
Wynton Marsalis, a New Orleans native from a musical family, began performing both jazz and classical music at a young age. At age 17, he became the youngest musician ever to be admitted to Tanglewood's Berkshire Music
Center. In 1980 he joined the Jazz Messengers to study under master drummer and bandleader Art Blakey. Acclaimed for his virtuosic style and encyclopedic range of trumpet techniques, Marsalis has made more than 70 recordings, winning nine Grammy Awards. He is the first jazz musician ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music
and is a recipient of the National
Medal of Arts. He continues to create a vital body of work that places him among the finest musicians and composers in the world. Marsalis helped lead the effort to construct Jazz at Lincoln Center's home— Frederick P. Rose Hall—the first education, performance, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz, which opened its doors in October 2004. Under his leadership, Jazz at Lincoln Center has developed an international reputation presenting rich and diverse programming that includes concerts, web and radio broadcasts, and educational activities. A widely recognized advocate for American culture, Marsalis has devoted himself to elevating communities worldwide with egalitarian spirit of jazz.
In joining the MMRF Honorary Board, Marsalis stands alongside many celebrities and other high-profile individuals who support the MMRF in launching the next phase of revolutionary cancer research. Over the next 3 years, funds will be specifically raised to support technologically innovative and collaborative initiatives that will further transform how cures for cancer are found. MMRF Honorary Board members include Katie Couric, Bob Costas, Hoda Kotb, Diana Krall, Cindy Crawford, Clive Davis, Mariska
Hargitay, Bonnie Hunt, Scott Hamilton, Deborah Norville, and many more.