The Jazz Session #88: Ellis Marsalis

ellisMarsalisToday, a cool 2009 interview with pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis from The Jazz Session, a member-supported online interview show focusing on in-depth conversations with jazz musicians authored by Jason Crane.

In this interview, the patriarch of the Marsalis family talks about how his time in the Marines helped build his piano chops; how he got his gig with trumpeter Al Hirt; and what makes New Orleans “fertile ground” for a jazz musician.

Click here to listen to The Jazz Session #88: Ellis Marsalis

—Peter Blasevick