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Remembering Jazz Great Ellis Marsalis

Jazz musician Ellis Marsalis talks to students during a jazz music workshop hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on June 15, 2009. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
Jazz musician Ellis Marsalis talks to students during a jazz music workshop hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on June 15, 2009. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Jazz pianist, composer and teacher Ellis Marsalis passed away Wednesday at age 85. His son Branford told The New York Times that the cause was complications from COVID-19.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young looks back at Marsalis’ legacy with jazz historian  Bruce Raeburn, a good friend of Marsalis and curator emeritus of Hogan Jazz Archive.

Click here for the video of Ellis Marsalis at the Jazz & Heritage Center

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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