Born: November 14, 1934
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....
Awards2011 National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master
Pure Pleasure For The PianoHenceforth Records
A New Orleans Christmas CarolELM Music
An Open Letter to TheloniousELM Music
Duke In BlueHenceforth Records
Ruminations in New YorkESP Disk
Ruminations In New YorkHenceforth Records
A Night At Snug Harbor, New OrleansHenceforth Records
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New York Beat
- A New Orleans Christmas Carol by Dan Bilawsky
- An Open Letter to Thelonious by Michael P. Gladstone
- An Open Letter to Thelonious by Woodrow Wilkins
- An Open Letter to Thelonious by C. Michael Bailey
- Ruminations in New York by Robert R. Calder
- Afternoon Session by Dave Nathan