Marsalis Family Wins 2011 Jazz Masters Award

The first family of jazz receives the nation's highest jazz honor.


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced that the Marsalis family is among its 2011 Jazz Masters Award recipients. This is the first time in the 29-year history of the program that the NEA is honoring a group. The Marsalis family includes patriarch Ellis, a pianist and educator, and his four sons -- trumpeter Wynton, saxophonist Branford, trombonist Delfeayo and percussionist Jason. The awards ceremony will be held in January at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

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