Ellis Marsalis Similar Artists

Jessica Williams - 100% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Dance Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Alan Broadbent - 85% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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23 April 1947, Auckland, New Zealand. After studying piano and musical theory in his homeland, in the mid-60s Broadbent moved to the USA to study at the Berklee College Of Music. After studying with Lennie Tristano he began arranging for Woody Herman, his work appearing on the 1973 album, Giant Steps. In the 70s, Broadbent composed music in the classical form while simultane Read more

Wynton Marsalis - 57% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Blues Classical Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Jazz 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

Geri Allen - 49% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 June 1957, Pontiac, Michigan, USA. Pianist Allen grew up in Detroit, steeped in the city’s strong bebop and black pop traditions (one early gig saw her playing with Mary Wilson and the Supremes), though Eric Dolphy, Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk were also major influences. She studied music at Washington’s Howard University and at the University of Pittsbur Read more

Makoto Ozone - 45% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 March 1961, Kobe, Japan. Makoto is the son of one of Japan’s best jazz pianists, Minoru Ozone, and has a prodigious technique and a wide knowledge of jazz piano styles. He started on the organ at the age of four, but took up the piano in his teens after hearing Oscar Peterson. In 1980 he went to the USA to study composing and arranging at the Berklee College Of Music Read more

Larry Willis - 38% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lawrence Elliott Willis, 20 December 1942, New York City, New York, USA. Although destined to become a pianist of note, Willis also studied singing. His studies took him to the High School of Music and Art and the Manhattan School of Music. In the early 60s he began a decade long round of playing under leaders such as Jackie McLean, Hugh Masekela, Kai Winding and Stan Getz. Read more

Tete Montoliu - 35% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Vincenç Montoliu y Massana, 28 February 1933, Barcelona, Spain, d. 24 August 1997, Barcelona, Spain. Blind from birth, pianist Montoliu studied classical music as a child, but in his early teens started listening to the American jazz records issued by the La Vos de su Amo label, in particular the challenging work of artists such as Art Tatum, Earl Hines and Bud Powel Read more

Eldar - 34% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 2000s
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Eldar E. Djangirov, 28 January 1987, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Writing and performing under his first given name, Eldar is an extraordinary musical talent. Born and raised in the former Soviet Union country of Kyrgyzstan, Eldar began playing piano at the young age of three, taught by his mother, who was a music teacher. Additionally his father’s love of jazz meant that from Read more

Dave McKenna - 33% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 May 1930, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA. By his late teens, McKenna was active in and around Boston, playing piano with Boots Mussulli’s band. In 1949, he joined Charlie Ventura, then worked with Woody Herman until drafted during the Korean War. From 1953 until well into the 60s he was mostly engaged in small group work, playing with Ventura again and with several ma Read more

Taylor Eigsti - 32% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 2000s
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24 September 1984, Menlo Park, California, USA. Eigsti was born into a highly musical family, with his mother, father and sister all playing piano. Playing the same instrument from early childhood, he was hailed as jazz pianist before he entered his teenage years. A fan of David Benoit, he opened a concert for the pianist when he was aged nine. Over the next few years Eigsti Read more

Kenny Werner - 31% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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19 November 1951, New York City, New York, USA. Werner began playing piano as a small child and at the age of 11 appeared on television. He studied classical and jazz piano, the former at the Manhattan School of Music, the latter at the Berklee College Of Music. Graduating from Berklee in 1973, he gigged with various leaders and led his own group for club engagements and on Read more

Abdullah Ibrahim - 30% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz Jazz World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Adolph Johannes Brand, 9 October 1934, Cape Town, South Africa. Ibrahim began playing piano as a small child, learning church music and hearing many other forms, including jazz, from radio and records. Known initially by the name Dollar Brand, he began his professional career in the mid-50s playing popular music of the day, but by the end of the decade had formed a band that Read more

Marty Paich - 30% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Marty Louis Paich, 23 January 1925, Oakland, California, USA, d. 12 August 1995, Hidden Hills, California, USA. While still undergoing a long and thorough academic training, Paich began writing arrangements. After military service, during which he was able to continue his musical career, he returned to his studies and by the end of the 40s had gained numerous qualifications. Read more

Denny Zeitlin - 29% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Dennis Jay Zeitlin, 10 April 1938, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Zeitlin had a classical music training before studying medicine at Johns Hopkins University and then Columbia. In 1963 he successfully auditioned for the record producer John Hammond Jnr. but then moved to San Francisco where he studied psychiatry and played the piano. In 1965 he was involved in a trio with bass play Read more

Pete Jolly - 28% match to Ellis Marsalis

Genres: Jazz
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