[JPL] Today on The Jazz Session: Ellis Marsalis

Jason Crane|The Jazz Session jason at thejazzsession.com
Fri Sep 25 07:19:38 EDT 2009


Ellis Marsalis is more than the father of four famous sons. He’s an 
acclaimed pianist and educator in his own right, and his musical history 
has covered a lot of ground. Homecoming (ELM Records, 2009), his new CD, 
is a mix of old and new, combining a reissue of 1985 duet session with 
saxophonist Eddie Harris, and new music recorded in 2009 with fellow New 
Orleanian pianist Jonathan Batiste. In this interview, Marsalis talks 
about how his time in the Marines helped build his piano chops; how he 
got his gig with trumpeter Al Hirt; and what makes New Orleans “fertile 
ground” for a jazz musician.


Jason Crane
The Jazz Session

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