Wynton Marsalis + John Besh

Season 3, Episode 5

This episode presents musician Wynton Marsalis and chef John Besh reflecting upon the importance of the city of New Orleans in their life and work. Meeting at musical and culinary events in New York, Montreal and New Orleans, Marsalis and Besh movingly testify to the city's enduring cultural influence.

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Season 3, Episode 5

Wynton Marsalis + John Besh Introduction

Dinner Guest

Wynton Marsalis joins the Besh family dinner.

Home of Jazz

Wynton Marsalis gives John Besh a tour of Frederick P. Rose Hall.

Besh's Best

John Besh's chicken faces the ultimate taste tester: Wynton Marsalis

One Musician's Fate

Wynton Marsalis discusses his decision to follow in his father's footsteps.

What is an Iconoclast?

Wynton Marsalis explains what it means to be an Iconoclast.

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John Besh explains what it means to be an Iconoclast.

Wynton Marsalis


Jazz musician, trumpeter, composer, bandleader, advocate for the arts, and educator, Wynton Marsalis has helped propel jazz to the forefront of American culture. His prominent position in American culture was solidified in April 1997, when he became the first jazz artist to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music for his work "Blood on the Fields", which was commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has served as the world-renowned arts organization's artistic director as well as music director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since its inception. READ MORE 

John Besh


Acclaimed chef John Besh grew up hunting and fishing in Southern Louisiana, learning at an early age the essentials of Louisiana's rich culinary traditions. As a teenager, he began working in commercial kitchens, where his knowledge of food and dining truly began to blossom. "With the many cultural influences in Louisiana," he says, "it's an exciting place to learn about food." Besh has traveled the world over searching for the roots of those far-flung influences, and infuses them into the French cuisine of Restaurant August. READ MORE 

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