The Musicians@Google program was thrilled to welcome acclaimed musician Wynton Marsalis and Geoffrey Ward to Google's New York office to discuss their new book "Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life,". The event was moderated by with Google's own Jim Lecinski. Wynton Marsalis is an acclaimed musician, bandleader, educator, composer and author. He is the Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Music Director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. To date, Marsalis has won 9 Grammy Awards, in both the jazz and classical categories, and is the only artist to have won Grammy Awards in five consecutive years, from 1983 to 1987. In 1987, Marsalis' oratorio on slavery and freedom, "Blood on the Fields," became the first and only jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize in music. Geoffrey C. Ward, a historian, screenwriter, and former editor of American Heritage, is the author of thirteen books, including "Jazz: A History of America's Music" and "A First-Class Temperament", which won the 1989 National Critics Circle Award. This event took place on September 5, 2008.
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