A New Orleans native and Juilliard graduate, Wynton Marsalis was a student of legendary classical trumpeter (and New York Philharmonic principal) William Vacchiano (who also had been Miles Davis’s teacher at Juilliard).
This is trumpeter/composer Terrence Blanchard’s first opera and is inspired by the true story of prize fighter Emile Griffith – an immigrant from the Virgin Islands who claimed the title of World Welterweight Champion in a fatal 1962 fight.
Bebop jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie mentored and opened doors for Arturo Sandoval when de defected from Cuba to the United States in 1990. Sandoval sends the lift back with his new release and world tour.
The new Fellows work across a broad spectrum of endeavors and include a jazz saxophonist, a neurobiologist, a critical care physician, an urban farmer, an optical physicist, a sculptor, a geriatrician, a historian of medicine, and an inventor of musical instruments.