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Wynton Marsalis
October 18, 1961 -
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

Don't worry about what others say about your music. Pursue whatever you are hearing... but if everybody really hates your music maybe you could try some different approaches.


When I auditioned for my high school band the band director was excited because my father was known to be a great musician. When he heard me, he said 'Are you sure you're Ellis's son?'


When I first came to New York everybody on the scene would treat me like I could play, but I couldn't.


Trumpet players see each other, and it's like we're getting ready to square off or get into a fight or something.


What I really have in my head, my imagination, my understanding of music, I never really get that out.


It was Dr. King's tireless activism that fostered our modern way of relating to one another.


There really have only ever been a few people in each generation who step out, are willing to put themselves on the line, and risk everything for their beliefs.


We always hear about the rights of democracy, but the major responsibility of it is participation.


I have absolutely no idea what my generation did to enrich our democracy. We dropped the ball. We entered a period of complacency and closed our eyes to the public corruption of our democracy.


I wanted to make somebody feel like Coltrane made me feel, listening to it.


Many a revolution started with the actions of a few. Only 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence. A few hanging together can lead a nation to change.


Whenever you face a man who's playing your instrument, there's a competition.


Don't settle for style. Succeed in substance.


The musicians I respected were much older than me. I expected them to cut my head, and they did.


This rebuilding of New Orleans gives us the perfect opportunity to see if we're ready to extend the legacy of Dr. King.


My older brother and myself always played together in bands, but we never knew we would be professional musicians.


My daddy expected that my brothers and I and our generation would make the world a better place. He had lived in an America of continual social progress.


The nerves are a problem on trumpet, because when you mess up everyone can hear it. Just remember most people are too polite to say anything about it. That should calm your nerves.


When did we begin to lose faith in our ability to effect change?


I believed in studying just because I knew education was a privilege. It was the discipline of study, to get into the habit of doing something that you don't want to do.


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