Ellis Marsalis, Jr.
, grew up in New Orleans when Dixieland music was everywhere. But he turned instead to the bebop of Charlie Parker and Dexter Gordon, gathering with his friends outside a local album store as soon as the latest discs came out. The jazz pianist reflects back on a half-century of music, as well as growing up in segregated Louisiana, performing with his famous sons (Wynton Marsalis ring a bell?), and teaching the next generation of jazz greats.
Jazz great Ellis Marsalis speaks on a jazz panel on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. at UNLV’s Doc Rando Recital Hall. The event is put on by UNLV’s Black Mountain Institute.
Ellis Marsalis, Jr., jazz pianist