Montana Public Radio

Ellis Marsalis

 Justin Townes Earle (left) and Elllis Marsalis, previous guests on "Musician's Spotlight," died in 2020
Courtesy of Justin Townes Earle and Ellis Marsalis

As part of Montana Public Radio's "Honor, Hope and Healing" Week, Musician's Spotlight highlights two individuals, each part of a family musical dynasty, who didn't survive 2020.

Ellis Marsalis, Jr. is regarded by many as New Orleans’s premier modern jazz pianist. He’s been performing professionally for over fifty years, recording almost twenty albums of his own and guesting on many others, but primarily, Marsalis has focused on education, teaching at the University of New Orleans, Xavier University in Louisiana, and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.