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March 20, 2006

Jazz Pianist Ellis Marsalis to Appear in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian jazz news

Jazz Pianist Ellis Marsalis

Jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis heads north to Calgary this weekend to perform with the Tommy Banks Quartet, featuring pianist Banks, alto saxophonist P.J. Perry, bassist Mike Lent, and drummer Sandro Dominelli, on Saturday, March 23, 2006.

Calgary organizers C-Jazz had originally slated Marsalis to appear last fall during the annual C-Jazz Festival, but the pianist was forced to cancel when his hometown of New Orleans was devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The rescheduled show will take place at Calgary’s Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday.

Marsalis, a jazz patriarch in every sense of the word, has dedicated his life to jazz, with a career spanning over forty years. He has inspired a whole new generation of masters, including his sons Branford, Wynton, Delfaeyo, and Jason, all established musicians today. As an esteemed educator, he has mentored trumpeter Terrence Blanchard, pianist/vocalist Harry Connick Jr., and saxophonist Donald Harrison among his many students, recently retiring as Director of Jazz Studies Division at the University of New Orleans. Marsalis continues to perform live on a regular basis, and with a discography listing nearly two-dozen recordings, currently records on his own label, ELM Records.

Pianist/conductor Tommy Banks has been an international standard-bearer for Canadian culture and jazz music, including leading Canada’s first music ensemble to appear in China. An acclaimed jazz musician and industry leader, among his many performance credits he hosted the popular television series the Tommy Banks Show. Recognized on many occasions for his significant contributions, Banks has received numerous music awards including Juno Award for his live recording at the Montreaux Jazz Festival (with saxophonist P. J. Perry), and in the highest honours proffered a Canadian, was named an Officer of The Order of Canada in 1991, and appointed to the Senate in 2000.

For more information visit www.epcorcentre.org

Ellis Marsalis with the Tommy Banks Quartet
P.J. Perry / Mike Lent / Sandro Dominelli
Friday, March 24
Jack Singer Concert Hall
Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts

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