Ellis Marsalis performing with son Jason

Ellis Marsalis performing with son Jason
September 04
00:00 2014
(pictured above:  Ellis Marsalis with son Jason.)

Unknown-1Jazz legend Ellis Marsalis and his 37-year-old son Jason will join forces for a generation-crossing performance on Friday, Sept. 12 at UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium.

The elder Marsalis is a jazz pianist who has been performing professionally for more than 60 years. He and his wife, Delores Ferdinand, have six sons, four of whom are accomplished musicians – Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason.

Jason has been performing professionally since he was 14, earning a reputation as an innovative percussionist and performing with musical greats such as Marcus Roberts, Tony Vacca and Nat Simpkins.

Crooner Harry Connick Jr., a student of Ellis Marsalis when he was a teenager, has said that the elder Marsalis represents modernism and change in New Orleans music.

NPR has noted simply that, “When the subject of jazz comes up these days, the name Marsalis is soon sure to follow.”

Tickets for the jazz performance are $15 or $20 for non-UNCG students. The concert will start at 8 p.m. Aycock Auditorium is on Tate Street on the UNCG campus.

Buy tickets online at or call the Triad Stage Box Office at 336-272-0160.

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