On the Construction of Wynton Marsalis’ Cultural Authority

On the FAQ section of his website Wynton Marsalis writes: "When we [Jazz at Lincoln Center] started [late '80s-early '90s], nobody was thinking about Duke Ellington’s music and the seriousness of jazz as an art form." Curious. No check that. Not curious.  Straight up untrue. Two options: 1. Ignorance, or 2. Strategically fudging the truth. …

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