Ellis Marsalis (1934–2020) was an influential American jazz pianist, educator, and patriarch of the Marsalis family, which includes several accomplished musicians. Born on November 14, 1934, in New Orleans, Marsalis made significant contributions to the jazz scene both as a performer and as an educator. He played a crucial role in the development of modern jazz in New Orleans and was known for his elegant piano style that seamlessly blended traditional and modern jazz elements. Marsalis taught at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and influenced many aspiring musicians, including his sons Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason, who went on to become prominent figures in the world of jazz. Ellis Marsalis’s legacy extends beyond his own performances to the impact he had on the next generation of jazz musicians through his teaching and mentorship.
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