Jazz Pianist and Musical Family Patriarch Ellis Marsalis Jr. Dead at 85

Ellis Marsalis Jr., the celebrated New Orleans jazz pianist who raised and mentored four jazz musician sons, died on Wednesday at the age of 85. Marsalis had been hospitalized earlier this week and tested for coronavirus, with son Branford confirming the cause of death was due to complications stemming from COVID-19, according to the New […]

Ellis Marsalis Jr., famed jazz family’s patriarch, has died at 85 of COVID-19 complications, son says

On returning home, he worked at the Playboy Club and ventured into running his own club, which quickly went bust. In 1967 trumpeter Al Hirt hired him. When not on Bourbon Street, Hirt’s band was appearing on national TV – doing headline shows on The Tonight Show and The Ed Sullivan Show, among others.

LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel Talks Power to the People! Fest, Music Education & More

I consider myself still a young person but there are so many things every day that challenge us. Especially doing music. I keep studying and dreaming to do things in a special way. And I’m very proud of the orchestra and its musicians because they are playing at such a level and they’re so committed […]

New Orleans jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis dead at 85

FILE – This April 28, 2019 file photo shows Ellis Marsalis during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans. The New Orleans Advocate says the 85-year-old Marsalis has told the Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro that he no longer wanted to play his usual Friday evening set. Instead, he’ll make two monthly appearances […]

Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead at 85; fought virus

Harry Connick Jr., one of Marsalis’ students at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, was a guest. He is just one of the many now-famous jazz musicians who passed through the Marsalis classrooms; others include trumpeters Nicholas Payton and Terence Blanchard, saxophonists Donald Harrison and Victor Goines, and bassist Reginald Veal.

Shoom: An Oral History of the London Club That Kicked Off Rave Culture

Terry Farley: In that time in London, if you looked at what was being played, musically, it was a real mishmash. DJs would play a Pharaoh Sanders record next to Run-D.M.C., and then a New York club record like “D” Train. The DJs were black music enthusiasts. We wouldn’t play any records by white artists. […]

Joao Gilberto, Brazilian Musician and Bossa Nova Pioneer, Dead at 88

Gilberto’s last studio album João Voz e Violão – produced by Caetano Veloso, one of the many Brazilian artists influenced by Gilberto – was released in 2000; the album won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. Gilberto’s final live performance was a 2008 celebration of the 50th anniversary of bossa nova.

Hope Tala Made the Song of the Summer Morning

“Lovestained” is sure to further that ambition. It started when Jamal Hadaway, who also produced most of Tala’s 2018 EP Starry Ache, sent her the bossa nova guitar sample. “It took me less than half an hour to write the whole thing,” Tala says. “As a songwriter, you have those rare amazing moments, and that […]