Friday, November 07, 2008

Using jazz to change kids' lives

Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis knows how important education is for youth, but what feeds their minds and souls, he says, often lies beyond traditional classroom walls.

Musician Wynton Marsalis co-founded Jazz at Lincoln Center to broaden and inspire jazz audiences.

"The most essential thing for the development of kids and their understanding of the world are those things they do that's not school related -- just any extracurricular activity," says the Pulitzer Prize winner. "When you have activities you learn at a young age, you can do whatever you put your mind to!"

Marsalis, 47, co-founded Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. As part of its goal to inspire and cultivate jazz audiences, Jazz at Lincoln Center sponsors youth events, including an annual nationwide high school jazz band competition and festival, a Band Director's Academy, and a popular concert series for kids.....

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