Ellis Marsalis Jr., noted jazz pianist, educator and father of internationally known musicians Branford and Wynton Marsalis, passed away on April 1, 2020 at the age of 85. When one thinks about jazz in New Orleans, it doesn't take long for Ellis Marsalis' name to come to mind. The Louisiana Music Hall-of-Famer was born in the Crescent City in 1934 and was a bit different for his era -- Dixieland and Rhythm & Blues were the norm for musicians. But Marsalis was all about jazz -- playing it and teaching it. His pupils included the likes of Terence Blanchard and Harry Connick, Jr.