• October 31, 2020

Jazz Legend Ellis Marsalis Jr. Has Passed On

The coronavirus pandemic keeps proving as days go on that it is a dangerous disease that people should be worried about.

When the news of the virus broke out, a lot of people tried to downplay the danger by saying it was like having flu and that people can avoid getting it by social distancing.

Well, the virus has proven to be hard nut to crack seeing as there is no vaccine for it yet and social distancing is not as easy as it sounds.

American jazz pianist and educator, Ellis Marsalis Jr. has died. Marsalis died Wednesday night at a New Orleans hospital from complications due to coronavirus. He was 85.

Marsalis’ son, Wynston Marsalis announced his father’s death on Twitter, “He went out the way he lived: embracing reality”.

Branford Marsalis said in the statement;

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“My dad was a giant of a musician and teacher, but an even greater father. He poured everything he had into making us the best of what we could be. And to quote my friend and Harvard Law professor David Wilkins, who just sent me the following text, ‘We can all marvel at the sheer audacity of a man who believed he could teach his black boys to be excellent in a world that denied that very possibility and then watch them go on to redefine what excellence means for all time,’”.

The mayor wrote: “Ellis Marsalis was a legend. He was the prototype of what we mean when we talk about New Orleans jazz. The love and the prayers of all of our people go out to his family, and to all of those whose lives he touched.” 

The world has lost a lot of great minds and talented people to the disease.

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