Ellis Marsalis

Kathleen DesHotel

This week on Inside the Arts, we remember Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue. We visit with the Louisiana State Museum's Mark Tullos.

Also, we talk jazz with renowned pianist Ellis Marsalis.

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This week on Inside the Arts, a yuletide celebration with Ellis Marsalis and the Lula Elzy New Orleans Dance Theatre as The Nutcracker Swings into town. We'll talk with local entrepreneur and FestiGals founder Diane Lyons, who is being tapped for a national honor.

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Ellis Marsalis, the celebrated jazz musician and patriarch of his noted musical family, will head an ensemble of Loyola University jazz students Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Old U.S. Mint.

The program will feature classic jazz standards as well as original compositions, the university announced today. According to the announcement:

This week on Inside the Arts, we'll talk with renowned jazz  pianist Ellis Marsalis. Then we'll journey to NOMA for a look at Lifelike, an exhibit designed to fool your eye, and we'll tell you about a youth arts group that's bringing a new program to communities on the front lines of the state's coastal crisis, using art as a vehicle for change.

The pantheon of great New Orleans musicians is an extensive one, and there is no doubt that pianist Ellis Marsalis holds a richly deserved place in its upper echelons. His accomplishments as a musician and educator are of the highest order.

WWNO's Fred Kasten recently interviewed Marsalis for the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park's new "Talkin' Jazz" live interview series at the Old U.S. Mint, touching on topics such as his formative experiences growing up in New Orleans and the Jefferson Parish community of Shrewsbury.