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Ellis Marsalis

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: November 14, 1934    

Ellis Marsalis

Ellis Marsalis is regarded by many as the premier modern jazz pianist in New Orleans. Born on November 14, 1934, he began formal music studies at the Xavier University junior school of music at age eleven. After high school Marsalis enrolled in Dillard University (New Orleans) as a clarinet major. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education in 1955. Marsalis spent the next year working as an assistant manager in his fathers’ motel business.

The following year Marsalis then joined the U.S. Marine Corps and while stationed in southern California began honing his skills as a pianist on a television show entitled “Dress Blues” and a radio show called “Leatherneck Songbook”. Both shows were sponsored by the Marine Corps. After completing a stint in the Marine Corps Marsalis returned to New Orleans and married Dolores Ferdinand, a New Orleanian, who bore him six sons; Branford, Wynton, Ellis III, Delfeayo, Miboya and Jason....
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Awards

2011 National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master
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    Pure Pleasure For The Piano

    Henceforth Records
    2012
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    A New Orleans Christmas Carol

    ELM Music
    2011
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    An Open Letter to Thelonious

    ELM Music
    2008
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    Duke In Blue

    Henceforth Records
    2007
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    Ruminations in New York

    ESP Disk
    2005
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    Ruminations In New York

    Henceforth Records
    2004
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    A Night At Snug Harbor, New Orleans

    Henceforth Records
    1995
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Featured recording “A New Orleans Christmas Carol”

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A New Orleans Christmas Carol

ELM Music (2011)
Marsalis and saxophonist Derek Doughet share a telepathic empathy that infuses the entire group building a synergistically cohesive performance unit. - C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

Marsalis keeps Monk's music very much alive with his inspired interpretations of the legend's compositions. - Ken Dryden, Rovi All Music Guide

Ellis Marsalis Jr. captures the Monk magic leading his quartet in performing unique renditions of his compositions. - Edward Blanco, E jazznews

Ellis Marsalis, at 73 a lucid, subtle, laconic pianist, shines up these tunes, leaving sufficient space while weaving phrases in and around the solos...

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