Louisiana Music Hall of Famer Ellis Marsalis Brings Quartet to Union Theater
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Student Union Theater is proud to present a performance by the Ellis Marsalis Quartet at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, in the Union Theater. This performance marks the sixth show in the 2011-12 “Union Theater Presents” series.
Tickets for the Ellis Marsalis Quartet are $39-$52 for adults and $10 for students. For group discounts for 10 or more, contact Terry Serio, assistant theater director, at 225-578-6013. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Many hail Marsalis as “the premier modern jazz pianist of New Orleans.” The polished, clever and sophisticated sound of the quartet explains how the name Marsalis has remained synonymous with jazz over the decades. The pianist patriarch of the Marsalis family, he received the coveted NEA “Jazz Masters” award in 2011.
Along with Derek Douget on the saxophone; Jason Stewart on bass; and son, Jason Marsalis, on drums, Marsalis brings his deep understanding and love of jazz to each note he plays on the piano. Along with being an elegant pianist, Marsalis is among New Orleans’ most notable educators, having influenced the careers of countless musicians, including Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton and Harry Connick Jr.
Marsalis’ career has spanned nearly four decades. Born in New Orleans, he spent years playing New Orleans clubs before gaining national acclaim in the 1980s and 1990s with the release of several recordings. Amidst his devotion to teaching, Marsalis recorded nearly 20 of his own albums and was featured on recordings with such jazz legends as David “Fathead” Newman, Eddie Harris, Marcus Roberts and Courtney Pine.
In a city where tourism demanded jazz musicians to be nothing more than traditionalists, Marsalis was different. Attuned to jazz’s future, Marsalis’ lean and commanding approach to the piano highlighted the unique sound that influenced a modern jazz movement in New Orleans many years ago.
For more information, visit www.uniontheater.lsu.edu or call the LSU Student Union box office at 225-578-5128.