When it comes to jazz there is perhaps no bigger name than trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis. His 'Blood in the Fields' was the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize for music and he is the first musician to win Grammy awards for jazz and classical recordings.
Jazz is just one aspect of Wynton Marsalis' work, he is at the forefront of music education and advocacy, and is the managing and artistic director of Jazz at the Lincoln Center.
Wynton Marsalis will be in Wellington in 2016 on a week-long residency at the New Zealand Festival.
LISTEN to his interview with Wallace Chapman, where he discusses his love of music, his disdain for much of hip hop, and his philosophy on life.