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Ellis Marsalis, Jr.
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    (November 14, 1934-April 1, 2020)
    Born in New Orleans, Louisiana
    Jazz pianist and educator
    Recorded the albums ‘Piano in E’ (1986), ‘The Ellis Marsalis Trio’ (1990), ‘Whistle Stop’ (1993), ‘Afternoon Session’ (2000), ‘A New Orleans Christmas Carol’ (2011), and ‘The Ellis Marsalis Quintet Plays the Music of Ellis Marsalis’ (2018)
    Taught music at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the University of New Orleans, and Xavier University of Louisiana
    Father of Branford, Wynton, and Delfeayo Marsalis
    He would play jazz on the sly while studying classical music at Dillard University. (‘The dean would get a report that we were over there ruining pianos playing jazz on them.’)
    His fondness for bebop made him an outsider on the New Orleans jazz scene.
    He was overshadowed by his children.
    He was married to Dolores Marsalis for 58 years.
    In addition to his sons, his students included Harry Connick, Jr., and Terence Blanchard.
    He and his sons were jointly named NEA Jazz Masters (2011).
    He was named a Man of Music by the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the highest honor given by the fraternity (2015).

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