Here is the full Wynton Marsalis 60 Minutes video from Sun. Jan. 2, 2011. The interview with CBS’ Morley Safer took place on location during the jazz icon’s tour with his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in London, England and Havana Cuba.
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The profile featured live concert footage interspersed with interview segments. Of the historical importance of jazz as a unique art form, Wynton Marsalis said: “The arts are our collective human heritage. You’re a better person if you know what Shakespeare was talking about. If you know what Beethoven struggled with, if you know about Matisse. If you know what Louis Armstrong actually sang through his horn, you’re better….because it’s like you get to speak with the wisest people who ever lived.”
Click here for a partial transcript. Watch the complete video and the Web-only ‘Overtime’ video below.