Acclaimed jazz musician Wynton Marsalis addressed the National Press Club about what he considers an unacceptable dearth of performing arts education. "As Americans, it's more important than ever that we have a sense of our identity," Marsalis said. "When you look at a Stuart Davis painting or listen to Charlie Parker play the saxophone or watch an Arthur Miller play, you're living an important part of the American Experience."
Marsalis has released 40 jazz and classical albums since 1980. He won the Pulitzer Prize in music in 1997 -- the first jazz musician to do so. He is the artistic director for the Jazz at Lincoln Center program and has won nine Grammy awards.