Ellis Marsalis Jr.

Nov 14, 1934 – Apr 1, 2020 (Age 85)


November 14, 1934
April 1, 2020


Ellis Marsalis Jr. was a well-known New Orleans jazz pianist who was the patriarch of a musical family including Branford and Wynton Marsalis. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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I met Mr.Marsalis years ago when taking a piano class at VCU when he was a faculty member. I was 30 years old and as a trumpet player growing up wanted to learn the piano. I met him one day at the school and he took time to talk, He was very kind and encouraged me to play the piano and practice. He was inspirational and now I am 64 and still remember his kind words. Condolences to the Marsalis Family to such a great musician and person.

I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort continue to give you strength.

What a most wonderful and gracious gentleman! I was grateful to be on the NOCCA faculty with him back in the day. He raised so many wonderful musicians as an inspirational teacher. His spirit and music lives on!

Everytime I think of Jazz Mr. Marsalis have always been that vision in my mind. I attended the very first "NOCCA" and have never ceased thinking of those gratifying moments. He will always be a Jazz icon in my life time.

Thank you Mr. Marsalis, your humble words and beautiful music will stay with me forever, and I will truly miss you and your music. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your contributions to music and the world, and your support for my school, NOCCA, and me. You have and always will inspire me Mr. Marsalis, rest in peace.

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for their loss of a talented man, and musician. He will be remembered for his contribution to the music industry. May you find comfort and strength in God during this time of mourning.

My heartfelt condolences to the Marsalis family, friends and fans of this beloved patriarch New Orleans jazz pianist. May you fine comfort with you during this difficult time in your lives and in your wealth of fond memories together. Although your hearts are filled with pain and sorrow, our prayer is that you gain comfort and hope from Almighty God to comfort your hearts.