There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.

Wynton Marsalis just gives till it hurts. Last week he was in our own back yard, giving music lessons at the White House and offering up a Kennedy Center tribute to his father Ellis. Today it was a Q&A session on his Facebook page with fans. And, at the end of the session, a surprise from the maestro (which also showed up on his Twitter:

Thanks for joining me for the Q&A. I’d like to give you all a free download of my album, “Here…Now”, which is only available online. Download it here and let me know what you think!

Here…Now is a ballet about the late Olympian Florence “FloJo” Griffith Joyner, choreographed for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2001 to music specially commissioned from Marsalis. The download page carries a 2007 release date, but in fact it’s never been released on CD or anywhere except online. And it is excellent —- some of the best and most original, ambitious, and tuneful work of Marsalis’ career [insert endless arguments about Marsalis’ career here].

But even if you hate everything Marsalis stands for, what have you got to lose with a free download?