Jazz legend Marsalis will trump his magic in capital

Wynton Marsalis (SUPPLIED)

Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis will make his debut in the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi Festival, said the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (Admaf).

The nine-time Grammy Award-winning trumpeter will join one of the strongest line-ups the festival has ever offered when he performs on April 5 at the Emirates Palace.

"My career has spanned more than 30 years and in that time I have had the pleasure of performing in more venues than I can count, working with legions of uniquely talented musicians and teaching an incalculable number of students," said the New Orleans-born Marsalis.

"The Middle East is one of the few areas of the world that I have never visited before, and I'm delighted to be joining a long list of great names at the Abu Dhabi Festival 2010.

"Jazz encourages us to tell our unique story and teaches us how to create a collective story with others.

The three-week festival starts on March 20.

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