On March 30, 2009, Wynton Marsalis delivered the 22nd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy to a capacity crowd in the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Mr. Marsalis's lecture, entitled The Ballad of American Arts, focused on the importance of arts and culture to the American identity and featured special performances throughout by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. A performance not soon to be forgotten, the night included two standing ovations and a blistering encore performance from Mr. Marsalis and members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

2009 Transcript

Welcoming Remarks
Robert L. Lynch
President and CEO, Americans for the Arts

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)

Wynton Marsalis
Artistic Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Wynton Marsalis and Members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

  • Chris Crenshaw, trombone
  • Victor Goines, saxophone
  • Carlos Henriquez, bass
  • Ali Jackson, drums
  • Dan Nimmer, piano

View the complete 2009 Nancy Hanks Lecture

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