WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE CLASS OF 1996?

SOME MEMBERS OF LAST YEAR'S TIME 25 PROSPERED, OTHERS PEAKED, EVEN AS FOOT FAULTS UNDID THE HAUGHTY, AND GRUNGE PRODUCED A CINDERELLA

Just last week WYNTON MARSALIS, musician, composer and keeper of the flame of jazz tradition, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Blood on the Fields, a three-hour, 22-movement oratorio for orchestra, ensemble and vocalists. It was the first jazz-based composition to win the Pulitzer since music was added as a category in 1943. The prize clinched his position as the man doing the most to bring jazz, a great art form of the 20th century, into the 21st.

Well, we told you so. Last year Marsalis was one of TIME's 25 Most Influential People. For many of the rest, the past...

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