December 11, 2014. Posted by WBGO.Ellis Marsalis celebrated his 80th birthday in performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center. (Image Credit: Lawrence Sumulong/Jazz at Lincoln Center)
Ellis Marsalis has four famous musical sons — Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis — but considering his career, he's a father figure for many more musicians. In high school and college classrooms, he's been the major figure in New Orleans jazz education since the time that formal jazz education didn't exist. And as a pianist, he carved out a space for contemporary jazz in his hometown, and has grown into an elder statesman of the scene.
He turned 80 in November, and to celebrate, Jazz at Lincoln Center — where his son Wynton is managing and artistic director — hosted him and his band at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Jazz Night In America was in the house for Ellis Marsalis' birthday.
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December 10, 2014. Posted by WBGO.Ellis Marsalis celebrates his 80th birthday in concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center. (Image Credit: Lawrence Sumulong/Jazz at Lincoln Center)
Ellis Marsalis is a father figure of modern jazz — in quite a few ways. As a pianist, he was among the first generation of musicians to bring bebop to New Orleans, and even worked with Ornette Coleman before the saxophonist recorded his landmarks of free jazz. As an educator, many great musicians came through Marsalis' tutelage, whether in New Orleans' arts high school or at various university programs. And of course, he is also the actual father of several exceptional musicians named Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis.
He turned 80 in November, and to celebrate, Jazz at Lincoln Center — where his son Wynton is managing and artistic director — hosted him and his band. Jazz Night In America fetes Ellis Marsalis with a special birthday performance from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.
- "Monkey Puzzle" (James Black)
- "Homecoming" (Ellis Marsalis)
- "Bloomdido" (Charlie Parker)
- "Beautiful Old Ladies" (Harold Battiste)
- "Sweet Georgia Brown" (Bernie/Pinkard)
- "Creole Love Call" (Duke Ellington)
- "Happy Birthday" [encore with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra]
Ellis Marsalis, piano; Derek Douget, saxophones; Jason Stewart, bass; Herlin Riley, drums.
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December 4, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Singer Carmen Lundy talks with Rhonda Hamilton about her CD "Soul To Soul." Lundy performs at New York's Jazz Standard Dec. 4-7 with Kris Bowers on piano, Andrew Renfroe, guitar, Darryl Hall, bass and Jamison Ross, drums. Enjoy!
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