About the Authors

Wynton Marsalis, author of Moving to Higher Ground; How Jazz Can Change Your Life and numerous non fiction texts and speeches,  is currently Artistic Director at Jazz at Lincoln Center and serves as Cultural Correspondent for CBS. His accolades include nine Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and numerous national and international recognitions for his talents and efforts in music and humanitarian contributions. Working with writer, Phyllis Magold, Arts, Rhetoric, and Swing provides an opportunity for him to share his educational goals and artistic message to students outside the traditional music curriculum.  (For further biographical information, visit http://wyntonmarsalis.org)

Phyllis B. Magold is a freelance writer and former high school English teacher and administrator. Ms. Magold attended Marquette University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in English from Otterbein University, where she also received her Master of Education degree with a focus on curriculum development. She has earned numerous local, state, national, and international recognitions and awards for her writing and work in education. Working with Wynton Marsalis in writing Arts, Rhetoric and Swing,has fulfilled a goal of bringing a fresh perspective of the arts, the use of language, and the importance of mutual respect into the classroom.

Geoffrey C. Ward is a prize-winning historian and the author or co-author of eighteen books. He is also the writer or principal writer of 24 PBS documentaries, including The Civil War and Jazz that are used in classrooms all across the country.