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Back by Popular Demand, Nine-Time Grammy Award Winner Wynton Marsalis Returns to the Abu Dhabi Festival

Wynton Marsalis in Concert 28th Mar 2017

Legendary jazz musician makes his second appearance at the Abu Dhabi Festival following a sensational sold-out performance in 2010

Jazz maestro Wynton Marsalis returned to the Abu Dhabi Festival last night following an unforgettable sold-out performance in 2010. Reflecting the Abu Dhabi Festival’s investment in next generation artists, the nine-time GRAMMY award and Pulitzer Prize winner’ ensemble featured by two protégés from New York City’s The Juilliard School (of which Wynton is Director of Jazz Studies) – Immanuel Wilkins (on saxophone) and Jeffery Miller (on trombone). The Septet was joined onstage by the acclaimed Iraqi oud player Naseer Shamma (recently named UNESCO Artist for Peace), who Marsalis met during his first visit to the Abu Dhabi Festival seven years ago.

Heralded as the most outstanding jazz musician of his generation, the highly-acclaimed composer, musician, bandleader, educator and Director of Jazz at Lincoln Centre also received the Abu Dhabi Festival Award, in association with Chopard, in recognition of his contribution to music and music education. The award was presented by H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture & Knowledge Development and Patron of the Abu Dhabi Festival, in the presence of H.E. Huda Ebrahim Alkhamis, Founder of Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) and Abu Dhabi Festival.

H.E. Huda Ebrahim Alkhamis, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) and Artistic Director of the Abu Dhabi Festival said; “We are delighted to welcome Wynton Marsalis back to the UAE capital to perform again as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival. Since his appearance in 2010, Wynton has remained a close friend and his performance last night was a true testament to the value of cross-cultural creative collaboration. We are also extremely proud to celebrate Wynton’s great achievements as a musician and educator through the 2017 Abu Dhabi Festival Awards.”

As the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum – from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz – Wynton Marsalis is often placed among the world’s finest composers and musicians. He is credited for expanding the jazz vocabulary by creating and performing a range of new music for ensembles spanning quartets to big bands, chamber to symphony orchestras and tap to ballet.

Wynton’s epic career has seen him become the only artist ever to win GRAMMY Awards for both jazz and classical records in 1983 which he repeated in 1984. He remains the only artist ever to win coveted GRAMMY Awards in five consecutive years (1983-1987). His other accolades include 25 honorary degrees and named among Time magazine’s most influential people in the USA not once but twice. He is a United Nations Messenger of Peace and has received The National Medal of Arts.

The Abu Dhabi Festival is presented and organised by Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation. ADMAF is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that seeks to nurture the arts, education, culture and creativity for the benefit of society and advancement of Abu Dhabi’s cultural vision. 

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