Music Monday: Wynton Marsalis Visits Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

Some of you may know that I’m a musician, having played piano since I was six. Now that I’m in the pastorate, I don’t have as much time to play and practice as I used to, but I still enjoy playing–and hearing good music. So, Music Mondays will pull out some of my favorites, and hopefully you’ll enjoy it, too!

Below is a clip from the 1980’s when trumpeter extraordinaire Wynton Marsalis (in his 20s!) appeared on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. What I did not realize until much, much later was that the illustrious jazz pianist Johnny Costa was the music leader for the Neighborhood. No wonder jazz got in my blood so early–between Costa and Vince Guaraldi on the Peanuts’ specials, how could it not happen.



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