Marsalis podcast: It’s Wynton, and he’s the best

Marsalis podcast: It’s Wynton, and he’s the best


norman lebrecht

December 25, 2022

David Krauss, principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera, has a chat with his sometime teacher Wynton Marsalis, rtistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Here’s one of the tracks they talk about:

Now  listen to the podcast here.


  • Paul Wells says:

    This is the first time I’ve heard a recipient of one of Wynton’s horns tell that story. One of his bandmates said in an interview once that early in his career, when he had a lot of trumpets, he gave most of them away to younger players. This guy has a dedication to the development of young musicians that’s almost beyond belief. Usually it’s not quite this concrete, but it’s still there.

    • trumpetherald says:

      He used to play a Monette.Does he still use it? I bought one,35 years ago,because i was very much into Charlie Schlueter and the BSO trumpet section….however,i had problems with its sheer weight,as much as i liked the sound.

      • Paul Wells says:

        Back in those days — this is the 80s mostly — he’d play Bachs. He still plays a Monette but it’s a much lighter model than he used to have.

  • Phil Myers says:

    When Wynton first came out of Juilliard he was doing half classical and half jazz. He was absolutely scary as a classical musician. When he decided to go full jazz it was a loss for the classical world. The album with Kathleen Battle is something I still listen to. After all the fame through the years he is absolutely the same guy to talk with that he was at the beginning of his career. Truly a unique person and artist.

  • Megan says:

    Wynton Marsalis has been active in promoting classical and jazz music. His oratorio Blood on the Fields was the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. I really love it. I’ve downloaded many of his songs with DumpMedia Spotify Music Converter to my USB and connected it to my car so that I could listen to them while I’m driving home after one day of working. That really gives me a while of peaceful mind.