The ability to do one task well is valuable. The step beyond that, into excellence, is characterized by the ability to perform many tasks well – to contribute to the whole in whatever may be needed.
Noël Coward is an exemplar of versatility: "Success came easily in at least three ways. It came early . . . It came fluidly . . . And - most remarkably of all - success came in a dizzying array of disciplines."
- Barry Day, ed., The Noël Coward Reader (Knopf, 2010).
- Barry Day, ed., The Letters of Noël Coward (Knopf, 2007).
- Philip Hoare, Noël Coward: A Biography (Simon & Schuster, 1996).
- Graham Payn, My Life with Noël Coward (Applause Books, 2000).
Other versatile figures:
- Rüdiger Safranski, Goethe: Life As a Work of Art (trans. David Dolienmayer) (Liveright Publications, 2017). “He built roads. He oversaw mines. He shrank the deficit.”
Film and Stage
Music: Composers, artists, and major works
- Haydn, Trumpet Concerto in E flat major
- Hummel, Trumpet Concerto in E flat major
- Leopold Mozart, Trumpet Concdrto in D major: 1. Adagio; 2. Allegro moderato.
- “Baroque Duet” album with Kathleen Battle
- Live at the House of Tribes
- Jazz Jamboree, 1983
- At the Newport Jazz Festival, 1989 and 2005
- At the North Sea Jazz Festival, 1982
- Leading the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in 2004, 2015 and 2019
- Wynton is a champion of various styles of and perspectives on jazz, including swing, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald’s songbook, South African songbook, Dave Brubeck’s music, be-bop, including Dizzie Gillespie’s songbook and elegant jazz.
- With country singer Willie Nelson
- With Norah Jones
- Wynton in Stuttgart
- Wynton Marsalis Septet at Amnesty International concert in Chie
- Jazz in Marciac, 2009
- The Abyssian Mass
- With Lucky Peterson in Marciac
- With Eric Clapton, Layla
- Arban, Carnival of Venice
- Rimsky-Korsakov, Flight of the Bumblebee