Birth of Ellis Marsalis
Ellis Marsalis was born on November 14th.
Studied at Xavier Jr. School of Music
Studied Clarinet at age 11.
First Pro Gig at age 13 with “The Groovy Boys”. Played Tenor Sax.
Entered Dillard Universityb – New Orleans as a music major
Graduated Dillard University
Began to seriously study piano.
American Jazz Quintet
Recorded with Jazz group American Jazz Quintet on the AFO Label.
Enlisted in Marine Corps
Auditioned for Piano for Marine Group “Corps Four”.
Return to New Orleans
Returned to New Orleans after Marine Corps release.
Married Dolores Ferdinand.
Lead Trio at New Orleans Playboy Club
Pianist for the Southern Repertory Theater in New Orleans
Started graduate school at Loyola University of New Orleans.
Accepted a position at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts
Fathers and Sons
Recorded Fathers and Sons with Branford and Wynton on the CBS Label
Jazz Quartet in Southeast Asia
Took Jazz Quartet on State Department sponsored Southeast Asian Tour
VCU gets Jazz’ed
Accepted position at Virginal Commonwealth University as coordinator of Jazz studies
Accepted position at the University of New Orleans. Became the occupant of the Coca-Cola endowed chair for Jazz studies.
Began a two year duo piano performance stint with Pianist Marcus Roberts
Performed a concert at UNO Lakefront Arena celebrating retirement with sons.
On The First Occasion
“On The First Occasion:” released by the relaunched ELM Records