Wynton Marsalis has championed traditional jazz for decades, working many of its styles into the big-band format.
In 1997, the acclaimed trumpeter, composer and bandleader became the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music, for his oratorio “Blood on the Fields.”
He’s also written three symphonies. His latest, “Swing Symphony,” was recorded at Powell Hall in 2016 and released in July. The performance was a collaboration between St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, then led by David Robertson, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which Marsalis founded.
Marsalis and his ensemble return to Powell Hall on Wednesday for a concert featuring Christmas music arranged for big band.