Mayor Nutter announced Monday that Wynton Marsalis, the jazz and classical musician, composer, and arts advocate, is the recipient of the 2015 Marian Anderson Award.

Marsalis, winner of a Grammy Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and honored with the National Medal of Arts, joins other recipients of the medal, including Sidney Poitier, Maya Angelou, Mia Farrow, James Earl Jones, Berry Gordy Jr., and 2014 winner Jon Bon Jovi.

He will accept the award at a gala concert Nov. 10 at the Kimmel Center.

Marsalis, 53, was born in New Orleans, son of the jazz pianist Ellis. He has raised more than $3 million to rebuild that city’s music scene and institutions since Hurricane Katrina. In addition, he has been a strong advocate for music education.

Culled from: http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/music/20150616_Wynton_Marsalis_awarded_2015_Marian_Anderson_Award.html#00IjIjDxJjVRI6zO.99

  Aug 05, 2013