Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has inked a deal with Blue Note Records, with sessions for his label bow expected to begin this summer. Marsalis was signed to his previous label, Columbia, over two dec

Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has inked a deal with Blue Note Records, with sessions for his label bow expected to begin this summer. Marsalis was signed to his previous label, Columbia, over two decades ago by current Blue Note president Bruce Lundvall, who at the time was Columbia's general manager.

"I believe that Wynton is on the cusp of an innovative new creative period musically," Lundvall said in a statement. "Blue Note will share a pivotal contributing role in the next phase of his already astounding career."

Marsalis' last jazz studio recording, "Marciac Suite," was released in 1999. He has recorded both classical and jazz for Columbia, won nine Grammy Awards, and is the only jazz musician to be honored with a Pulitzer Prize in Music, for his 1997 epic "Blood on the Fields."

Marsalis continues in his role as artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. As previously reported, he will participate in the Blowin' the Blues Away concert June 2 at New York's Apollo Theater, alongside B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, and Ray Charles.