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Ellis Marsalis, Jr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
Death: April 01, 2020 (85)
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States (COVID-19, Pneumonia)
Place of Burial: 4000 Norman Mayer Avenue, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, 70122, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Ellis Louis Marsalis, Sr. and Florence Marsalis
Husband of Dolores Mary Marsalis
Father of Branford Iweanya Marsalis; Wynton Marsalis; Private; Private; Delfeayo Marsalis and 1 other

Occupation: Jazz pianist
Managed by: Judith Berlowitz
Last Updated:

About Ellis Marsalis, Jr.

https://www.npr.org/2020/04/02/825883829/ellis-marsalis-pianist-teacher-and-new-orleans-jazz-patriarch

Ellis Louis Marsalis Jr. (born November 14, 1934) is an American jazz pianist and educator. Active since the late 1940s, Marsalis came to greater attention in the 1980s and 1990s as the patriarch of a musical family, with sons Branford Marsalis and Wynton Marsalis rising to international acclaim.


Jazz Musician and Educator.

Ellis Louis Marsalis Jr. (November 14, 1934 – April 1, 2020) was an American jazz pianist and educator. Active since the late 1940s, Marsalis came to greater attention in the 1980s and 1990s as the patriarch of a musical family, with sons Branford Marsalis and Wynton Marsalis rising to international acclaim.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Marsalis was the son of Florence (née Robertson) and Ellis Marsalis Sr., a businessman and social activist.[3] He and his wife Delores Ferdinand had six sons: Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis III (1964), Delfeayo Marsalis, Mboya Kinyatta Marsalis (1971), and Jason Marsalis. Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason are also jazz musicians. Ellis III is a poet, photographer, and network engineer

Marsalis played saxophone but moved to piano in high school. In the 1950s and '60s he worked with Ed Blackwell, Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, and Al Hirt. During the 1970s he taught at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. His students have included Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick Jr., Donald Harrison, Kent Jordan, Marlon Jordan, and Nicholas Payton.[4]

Though he recorded almost twenty of his own albums, and was featured on many discs with such musicians as David "Fathead" Newman, Eddie Harris, Marcus Roberts, and Courtney Pine, he shunned the spotlight to focus on teaching. Marsalis's didactic approach, combined with an interest in philosophy, encouraged his students to make discoveries in music on their own, through experiment and very careful listening.

As a leading educator at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the University of New Orleans, and Xavier University of Louisiana, Ellis influenced the careers of countless musicians, including Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick Jr., Nicholas Payton; as well as his four musician sons: Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason. In May, 2007, Marsalis received an honorary doctorate from Tulane University for his contributions to jazz and musical education.

On December 7, 2008, Ellis Marsalis was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music at Musicians' Village in New Orleans is named in honor of Ellis Marsalis. In 2010, The Marsalis Family released a live album titled Music Redeems which was recorded at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC as part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival. All proceeds from the sale of the album go directly to the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music.

Marsalis and his sons are group recipients of the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award.[5]

Marsalis was a Brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity, initiated into Delta Epsilon Chapter (University of Louisiana-Lafayette) in 1965. In 2015 Sinfonia announced that Marsalis has been named Sinfonia's 24th Man of Music, the highest honor given by the fraternity to a member, for advancing the cause of music in America through performance, composition or any other musical activity.

On April 1, 2020, Marsalis passed away from complications related to the COVID-19 virus.

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Ellis Marsalis, Jr.'s Timeline

1934
November 14, 1934
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
1960
August 26, 1960
Breaux Bridge, St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, United States
1961
October 18, 1961
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
1965
July 28, 1965
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
1977
March 4, 1977
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA, United States
2020
April 1, 2020
Age 85
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
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New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States