Ellis Marsalis Similar Artists

Eric Reed - 96% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Eric Scott Reed, 21 June 1970, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Pianist Reed began his life in music when he was two years old with an interest in the drums. He gravitated to the piano and began formal lessons at five, eventually studying with influential teacher Vernon Lathon. Memorable influences at this time included the music that Reed heard in church, including pianists Read more

Harry Allen - 96% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 October 1966, Washington, DC, USA. When he was aged one, Allen’s parents moved to Los Angeles and it was there that he began playing music, but at that time chose the accordion and later the piano. When he was 11 years old the family moved again, this time to Rhode Island and there, at junior high school, he began playing clarinet and finally the tenor saxophone, in Read more

Tommy Flanagan - 84% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
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Cedar Walton - 80% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz Latin
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Cedar Anthony Walton, 17 January 1934, Dallas, Texas, USA. After being taught piano by his mother, Walton studied music formally. In the mid-50s his early career was interrupted by military service, but he was fortunate in that this allowed him to meet and play with several emerging jazz musicians, including Don Ellis. After leaving the armed forces, he played in and around Read more

Wynton Marsalis - 78% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Blues Classical Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 October 1961, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Marsalis took up the trumpet at the age of six, encouraged by his father, Ellis Marsalis, a pianist, composer and teacher. His brothers, Jason Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis and Branford Marsalis are also musicians. Before entering his teenage years he was already studying formally, but had simultaneously developed an interest in ja Read more

John Hicks - 75% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
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12 December 1941, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, d. 10 May 2006. Hicks began playing and studying piano while still a very small child, taking piano lessons from his mother. The family lived in Los Angeles, then in St. Louis, and he later attended Lincoln University in Missouri and the Berklee College Of Music. In the early 60s he went to New York where he became a member of Art Bla Read more

Kenny Barron - 66% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz Latin
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Kenneth Barron, 9 June 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After studying piano as a child, Barron began playing professionally when still in his early teens. Performing first in R&B bands, he began to concentrate on jazz, and in the late 50s and early 60s played briefly with Philly Joe Jones and Yusef Lateef. From 1961, he was resident in New York, playing with James Read more

Butch Thompson - 64% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Enos Thompson, 28 November 1943, Marine, Minnesota, USA. Thompson began playing piano as a child and in his late teens became a member of a popular New Orleans-style band in Minneapolis. The band regularly accompanied such leading New Orleans jazzmen as George Lewis, Kid Thomas and Pops Foster. Thompson also formed his own small group which worked extensively on radi Read more

Larry Vuckovich - 59% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
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Hank Jones - 57% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Christian & Gospel Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Henry Jones, 31 July 1918, Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA. Eldest of three remarkable brothers in jazz (Thad Jones and Elvin Jones), Hank Jones was raised in Pontiac, Michigan and by the beginning of his teenage years played piano professionally in local bands. In 1944 he went to New York where he joined the Oran ‘ Hot Lips’ Page band. Although Jones had previously b Read more

Barry Harris - 56% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
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Red Garland - 56% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William M. Garland, 13 May 1923, Dallas, Texas, USA, d. 23 April 1984, Dallas, Texas, USA. Garland turned to the piano in his late teens, having earlier studied and played reed instruments. Although initially inspired by mainstream artists, he moved into bebop in the late 40s, accompanying Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro and others while still playing regularly with musicians s Read more

Marian McPartland - 54% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Margaret Marian Turner, 20 March 1920, Slough, Berkshire, England. Prior to World War II, McPartland played British music halls as a member of a four-piano group led by Billy Mayerl. While touring with ENSA (the British equivalent of America’s USO), she met and married Jimmy McPartland. At the end of the war she went to the USA with her husband, quickly establishing a r Read more

Marcus Roberts - 52% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Marcus Marthaniel Roberts, 7 August 1963, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. If Thelonious Monk frequently pursued improvisation through harmonic as well as (or sometimes instead of) melodic routes, pianist Roberts is an appropriate inheritor of the method. Like Wynton Marsalis (later to be his employer) Roberts is a dedicated and outspoken respecter of earlier jazz traditions, and Read more

Branford Marsalis - 47% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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