Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis Awarded Legion of Honor

Wynton Marsalis, one of the most acclaimed jazz musicians of his generation, received the French insignia of chevalier of the Legion of Honor Friday night in New York.

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French Ambassador Pierre Vimont awarded trumpeter Wynton Marsalis the insignia of chevalier of the Legion of Honor Friday night at the French Embassy in New York. Marsalis told NBC the award "is a tremendous honor." "The French have warmly embraced jazz music over the years," he said.
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Wynton Marsalis is presented with France's insignia of chevalier of the Legion of Honor by Ambassador Pierre Vimont at the French Embassy in New York.
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Wynton Marsalis speaks during the presentation of the French insignia of chevalier of the Legion of Honor. "This award is a tremendous honor for me and is symbolic of the special relationship that jazz musicians have enjoyed with the French people," said Marsalis.
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Ellis Marsalis, Wynton's father, attends the presentation of the insignia of chevalier of the Legion of Honor Friday night at the French Embassy in New York. A musician in his own right, Ellis Marsalis later performed with his son.
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Bill Cosby imitates playing the bass to the amusement of all those around him while attending the presentation of the Legion of Honor to Marsalis.
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Wynton performs following the presentation with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet. At the award ceremony Friday, Marsalis said young musicians should "find musicians that can play...and spend as much time around them as you can." He also advised that aspiring musicians should "get in a group and begin to play."
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Ellis Marsalis shares a moment with his son.
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A sneak peek at the sheet music for the Wynton Marsalis Quintet.
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At an early age Wynton exhibited seriousness about study, an aptitude for music and a desire to contribute to American culture. At age 8 he performed traditional New Orleans music in the Fairview Baptist Church band led by legendary banjoist, Danny Barker.
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Wynton Marsalis and brother saxophonist Branford Marsalis are seen in this 1980 photo. The New Orleans natives were born into one of the city’s most distinguished musical families.
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Wynton Marsalis started his recording career in 1980. He has produced 33 jazz and 11 classical recordings over the years.
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Wynton Marsalis plays trumpet during a concert of the 27th Vitoria Jazz Festival, in the northern Spanish city of Vitoria.
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Wynton Marsalis performs at J&R Music & Computer World store November 19, 2001 in New York City. Marsalis performed in the downtown music store to show support for businesses hurt by the September 11 terrorist attacks.
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Wynton Marsalis, on trumpet, and the Gully Low Jazz Band perform during the New Orleans'-style funeral procession for jazz musician Lionel Hampton in New York in 2002.
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In 2004 Wynton Marsalis played over the casket of Ray Charles during funeral services at First AME Church in Los Angeles.
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Wynton Marsalis plays a solo during the season opener at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Linclon Center Jazz Orchestra with conductor Kurt Masur in 2004.
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Jazz legend Winton Marsalis poses with Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2005 during a special event announcing new Apple products.
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Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis plays during a memorial service near the site of the former World Trade Center on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.
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Jazz trumpet great Wynton Marsalis holds a workshop for Japanese kids in Yokohama, south of Tokyo. Wynton has devoted much of his career to teaching and performing for students around the world.
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Singer Linda Ronstadt greets musician Wynton Marsalis, before they testify for arts funding from Congress, in Washington in early 2009.
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Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis plays during a jazz workshop studio for students hosted by first lady Michelle Obama in the East Room of the White House in early 2009.
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