Monday, April 06, 2020


Another day, another recently-deceased master musician in the ground.
This guy is almost as revered for the children he made as he is for the pianos he played.
He did, however, participate in countless recording sessions, both as a leader and a sideguy.
As beloved a professor of music as the city of New Orleans may ever know, he taught at several schools in the city for decades, shaping even more countless lives and future musicians.
And of course, there's those kids.
All four of them have been everywhere for at least the last 35 years, from the Lincoln Center stage to the bandleader chair of late-night talk shows.
I could easily cover any and all of them on here, such is the prolific output for which they, as a family, have been responsible.
Their dad passed away at 85 last week, the latest victim of this dreadful virus.
So today we honor a true patriarch of Jazz, and bid farewell to the legendary Ellis Marsalis, Jr.
Ellis Marsalis Quartet
Internationales Jazzfestival
Marians Jazzroom
Bern, Switzerland

01 Syndrome
02 EM announcement
03 crepuscule with nellie
04 evidence
05 EM announcement
06 dolphin dance
07 EM announcement
08 magnolia triangle
09 EM announcement
10 unidentified quartet title
11 Sweet Georgia Brown
12 unidentified solo piano title

Total time: 1:03:26

Ellis Marsalis - piano
Derek Douget - saxophones
Jason Stewart - bass
Jason Marsalis - drums

digital capture of a digital FM broadcast over SRF2 Radio
I will roll back by tomorrow with a big time milestone birthday for another patriarch, as the hits just keep right on coming.
Enjoy this quartet set -- our hero's youngest son is the drummer -- and thank Providence that as tough as things are these days. you picked a lifetime that overlapped with beautiful people like Ellis Marsalis, Jr.--J. 
11.14.1934 - 4.1.2020

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