Ellis Marsalis Jr.

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Birthday
14, 1934
Birthplace
Louisiana
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
14, 1934 (age 84)
Birthplace
Louisiana

About

Influential jazz artist who never sought the limelight. He was a Friday fixture at New Orleans' Snug Harbor jazz bistro.

Before Fame

He began as a tenor saxophonist, but he embraced the piano in high school.

Trivia

He became a sought-after teacher who combined philosophy with technique, placing an emphasis on listening and experimentation.

Family Life

He and his wife, Delores Ferdinand, parented six sons, four of whom became jazz musicians.

Associated With

He inspired many students, some of whom made names for themselves like Harry Connick Jr.