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Born: August 26, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Profession: musician, bandleader, composer, actor

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Charismatic, handsome, leading young jazz musician of the 1980s and 90s. Marsalis grew up a member of the "Royal Family" of jazz in New Orleans. His father, Ellis, was one of America's leading piano instructors (among his students was jazz/pop wunderkind Harry Connick, Jr.). Marsalis' brothers have also been influential in the jazz world. Wynton is the artistic director of "The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra" as well as one of the world's leading jazz trumpeters while Delfayo is a well-known trombonist. Marsalis garnered mass attention as one of Sting's band members in the documentary/ego-fest, "Bring on the Night" and in three subsequent world tours.

Charismatic, handsome, leading young jazz musician of the 1980s and 90s. Marsalis grew up a member of the "Royal Family" of jazz in New Orleans. His father, Ellis, was one of America's leading piano instructors (among his students was jazz/pop wunderkind Harry Connick, Jr.). Marsalis' brothers have also been influential in the jazz world. Wynton is the artistic director of "The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra" as well as one of the world's leading jazz trumpeters while Delfayo is a well-known trombonist. Marsalis garnered mass attention as one of Sting's band members in the documentary/ego-fest, "Bring on the Night" and in three subsequent world tours.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
3.
 Eve's Bayou (1997) Harry Delacroix
5.
 Mo' Better Blues (1990)
6.
 Mo' Better Blues (1990) Party Guest
8.
 School Daze (1988) Jordan (Da Fellas)
9.
 Throw Momma From The Train (1987) Lester
10.
 Bring on the Night (1985) Himself
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Milestones close milestones

1980:
While still a student, toured Europe playing alto and baritone saxophone in a large ensemble led by drummer Art Blakey
1981:
Joined his brother Wynton in Blakey¿s Jazz Messengers and on a Japanese tour with Herbie Hancock
1984:
Released first recording, <i>Scenes in the City</i>
1985:
Made his film debut in the documentary "Bring on the Night"
1987:
Feature acting debut, "Throw Momma From the Train"
1988:
Cast as Jordam in Spike Lee's musical-drama "School Daze"
1990:
Composed the soundtrack for "Mo' Better Blues"
1992:
Acted in the Showtime 30-Minute Movie, "Without a Pass"
1992:
Made leader of the Tonight Show Band, on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (NBC)
1992:
Received a Grammy for the recording "I Heard You Twice The First Time" where he teamed with B.B.King, John Lee Hooker and Rip Tip Johnson
1997:
Served as Creative Consultant and producer for jazz recordings with Columbia Records
2000:
Toured with The Branford Marsalis Quartet and earned a Grammy for its album <i>Contemporary Jazz</i>
2002:
Founded his own Marsalis Music label
2005:
Teamed with Harry Connick, Jr to create the concept of a Musicians¿ Village in New Orleans' Upper Ninth Ward, with the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music as the Village¿s centerpiece
2010:
Composed the music for the Broadway revival of August Wilson's "Fences"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score
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Education

Berklee College of Music: Boston , Massachusetts - 1980

Notes

Marsalis was arrested for speeding in his native New Orleans in early January 1993.

"The saxophonist, who is black, said two white officers pulled him over, ordered him out of the car and frisked him without telling him why he had been stopped. When he asked, Marsalis was told he was going 50 mph in a 35-mph zone. 'I told them I didn't think it was protocol to be frisked for speeding and they kept asking me, where did I get that attitude? Because of my 'attitude' I was handcuffed, put in the squad car and taken to the police station, but never officially booked or read my rights," Marsalis said in Wednesday's New Orleans Times-Picayune and later in a news release. He said he was released on the way to the station when they realized who he was. He said he was driven back to his car and given a speeding ticket. 'There's a problem with the police force that any time you see a black guy in a nice car in a nice heighborhood, he's a drug dealer,' Marsalis said." --From Daily News, January 8, 1993.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Teresa Marsalis. Tailor. Lived in Warsaw, Poland; raised Young and his sister Helen after their mother died and father abandoned them.
wife:
Teresa Marsalis. Married c. 1983; separated in August 1991; divorced in 1994.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Ellis Marsalis. Jazz pianist, music teacher, composer.
father:
Ellis Marsalis. Had six; survived him.
brother:
Wynton Marsalis. Jazz trumpeter, composer. Born c. 1961; received the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Music.
brother:
Wynton Marsalis. Died c. 1910.
brother:
Delfayo Marsalis. Jazz trombonist.
brother:
Delfayo Marsalis. Had four; Young was the fourth of five children.
brother:
Jason Marsalis. Had two; survived him.
brother:
Jason Marsalis. Jazz drummer.
son:
Reese Ellis Marsalis. Born c. 1986; mother Teresa Marsalis.
son:
Reese Ellis Marsalis. Architect.
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