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Jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis died at the age of 85

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Ellis Marsalis in April 2019 on a stage in New Orleans
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He was a great pianist and educator, teacher of jazz stars, father of jazz stars: at the age of 85, Ellis Marsalis died of the consequences of the lung disease Covid-19.

Dhe American jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis is dead. The musician and jazz educator from New Orleans died of the consequences of lung disease Covid-19, his son Branford Marsalis said on Wednesday, according to the “New York Times”. He was 85 years old. The family patriarch had six children, including saxophonist Branford Marsalis and jazz trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis.

The Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, praised the musician as “legend” and “icon”. Marsalis was born in New Orleans in 1934. He taught himself the clarinet and piano when he was a child. He has appeared in clubs, played in bands, studied music education and taught jazz musicians such as Harry Connick Jr. and Terence Blanchard. In his name, the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music concert hall was opened in New Orleans in 2011.

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