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  • Ellis Marsalis Jr. Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Wiki & More

    Updated On : April 3, 2020

    Other Name: Ellis Louis Marsalis Jr.
    Other Professions: Educator Recording Artist

    Ellis Marsalis Jr. Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

    Ellis Marsalis Jr. was 85 years, 4 months & 18 days old age.

    Short Biography

    Ellis Marsalis Jr. was born on 14-11-1934 in New Orleans in the state of Louisiana, United States. He was an American Musician, Educator & Recording Artist.

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    Ellis Marsalis Jr. Complete Bio & Career

    Ellis  Marsalis Jr, was a jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of New Orleans musical clan died on Wednesday after battling pneumonia brought by the new coronavirus. As a musician Marsalis started out as a tenor saxophonist, switching to piano while in high school. From his first professional performance with "The Groovy Boys" over fifty years ago, he has been a major influence in jazz. At that time, he was one of the few New Orleans musicians who did not specialize in Dixieland or rhythm and blues. He played with fellow modernists including Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, and Al Hirt, becoming one of the most respected pianists in jazz.
    His didactic approach, combined with an interest in philosophy, encourages his students to make discoveries in music on their own, through experiment and very careful listening. Active since the late 1940s, Marsalis came to greater attention in the 1980s and '90s as the patriarch of a musical family that was rising to international acclaim. As a leading educator at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the University of New Orleans, and Xavier University of Louisiana, he has 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 2007, Marsalis received an honorary doctorate from Tulane University for his contributions to jazz and musical education. In 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 him. 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.

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    Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

    Ellis Marsalis Jr. died on 01-04-2020 at a hospital in New Orleans in the state of Louisiana, United States. He was found coronavirus positive and admitted in a hospital. But due to old age, he was unable to fight with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and got infected with pneumonia and finally died on 01-04-2020 at the age of 85.

    1 April, 2020 (Wednesday) New Orleans, Louisiana United States

    Ellis Marsalis Jr. Family, Relatives and Other Relations

    He was born to a businessman Ellis Marsalis Sr. and Florence Robertson. He had a sister named Yvette Marsalis. He was married to Dolores Marsalis in 1959. His wife died on 18-07-2017. The couple was blessed with six sons named Wynton Marsalis (Trumpeter), Branford Marsalis (Saxophonist), Delfeayo Marsalis (Trombonist), Jason Marsalis (Drummer), Ellis Marsalis III (Poet) & Mboya Kenyatta Marsalis.

    Ellis Marsalis Jr. Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Wiki & More

    Life's Important Dates Of Ellis Marsalis Jr.

    Body Measurements

    Skin Colour Black
    Eye Colour Black
    Hair Colour Salt & Pepper

    Personal Info

    Home Town New Orleans, Louisiana
    Nationality American
    Religion Christian
    Address New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
    School N/A
    College Dillard University, New Orleans
    Qualification Graduate
    Hobbies Travelling
    Marital Status Married
    Debut First Album - Syndrome (1985)
    Salary N/A
    Net Worth N/A
    Official Website N/A


    Favorite Color Black
    Favorite Sport Basketball
    Favorite Actress Will Smith
    Favorite Place New York

    Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Ellis Marsalis Jr.

    • He played saxophone during high school but switched to piano while studying classical music at Dillard University.
    • Though he recorded almost twenty of his own albums and was featured on many discs with other veteran musicians.
    • He was seen performing on Fridays at Snug Harbor jazz bistro in New Orleans.