New Orleans jazz pianist to perform at Nicholls

THIBODAUX, La. — Renowned New Orleans jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr. will perform for the second year in a row at the Danos Theater Feb. 7 as part of Nicholls State University’s celebration of African-American History Month.

With tickets for the concert at just $20, the event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Mary and Al Danos Theater in Talbot Hall.

The 83-year-old Marsalis, regarded by many as the premier modern New Orleans jazz pianist, has been active in the jazz scene since the late 1940s. He has played and recorded with other well-known jazz musicians, including Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, Eddie Harris, Al Hirt, Fathead Newman, Courtney Pine and Marcus Roberts.

Though he has released nearly 20 studio albums, Marsalis has devoted much of his time to education. He has taught at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the University of New Orleans and Xavier University. Some of his students include Terence Blanchard; Harry Connick Jr.; Nicholas Payton; and four of his sons, Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason.

In 2007, Marsalis received an honorary doctorate from Tulane, and in 2008 he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 at the Student Union Information Desk between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Student tickets are available at the SGA office.

For more information on the Nicholls African-American History Month celebration and a full list of events, visit 2018/african-american-history/.


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