No other contemporary jazz musician is more lauded and respected than Wynton Marsalis.
He's won nine Grammy Awards, and is the only musician who has ever won Grammys for jazz and classical music. He's also won a spoken-word Grammy.
He has eight honorary degrees, including ones from Harvard, Princeton and Yale.
He's the only jazz musician to ever win a Pulitzer Prize, which he did in 1997 for his oratorio, "Blood on the Fields."
Time magazine named him one of the 25 most influential people in America, and France awarded him the Chevalier insignia of the Legion of Honor, the country's most prestigious award.
There's plenty more, but you get the idea.
Marsalis will be in Sarasota Tuesday for a concert at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Marsalis co-founded the orchestra, which is considered one of the finest big-band jazz outfits in the world.
Along with trumpeter Marsalis, the orchestra is fronted by acclaimed young singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. On tap for the Van Wezel show are numbers by legends of the genre -- the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and Mary Lou Williams -- plus original works, new arrangements and, of course, some seasonal holiday favorites.
Details: 8 p.m. Dec. 17, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $55-$70. Information: 941-953-3368, www.vanwezel.org.
-- Marty Clear