Marsalis: Black athletes see great gains

Updated: February 7, 2007, 11:48 AM ET
By George J. Tanber | Special to ESPN.com

When the New Orleans Saints made it to the NFC Championship for the first time, Wynton Marsalis cheered as loud as anyone. The Saints are his team.

Marsalis, 45, and a New Orleans native, is one of the country's foremost jazz and classical musicians, a composer, and a jazz historian. He is musical director of New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 1997, Marsalis became the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize in music — for the jazz oratorio "Blood on the Fields," ...

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