Marsalis, a native of New Orleans, will speak about the rebuilding of the city after Hurricane Katrina.
Since the storm, Marsalis has become a passionate spokesman for his home city and its musical traditions. Among other efforts, he helped to organize Jazz at Lincoln Center's "Higher Ground" benefit on September 17, which was broadcast nationwide and raised more than $2 million.
Tickets for the NPC luncheon, which begins at 12:30 p.m., are $35 for non-members. Call 202-662-7501 to make a reservation.