Wynton Marsalis the trumpet player, songwriter who graduated from The Julliard School and quickly became a giant in the music world. He joined Art Blakey and his band the Jazz Messengers and his rise to fame can only be described as rocketing. He signed with Columbia Records and released his first album a self-titled jazz record that was met with rave reviews. He is a multi-Grammy Award winner who has been praised for his work in both jazz and classical music. He released his first studio album in 1982 and became the first musician to win Grammy Awards for both jazz and classical recordings and the following year he did it again going on the next three years to win at least one Grammy each year. Wynton ever the jazz historian founded Jazz at Lincoln Center, a series developed with the focus being on broadening people’s exposure and knowledge of Jazz music, Marsalis led the program’s 15-piece big band in their final performance. In 1995 he began focusing on music composition, writing short and extended pieces that showed his interest in early jazz styles he made his mark as a classic composer with his first major work: a string quartet entitled “At the Octoroon Balls.” He won the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Music with his work “Blood on the Fields,” this win marked the first time a jazz musician ever received that honor. In 2005 he was awarded The National Medal of Arts. Marsalis’ success outside of the United States has been significant as the Britain’s Royal Academy of Music awarded him Honorary Membership and in 2009 he was awarded the insignia Chevalier of the Legion of Honor which is France’s highest award.