Ellis Marsalis (born November 14, 1934) is an American musician. He can usually be seen performing on Fridays at Snug Harbor jazz bistro in New Orleans.
As a leading educator at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the University of New Orleans, and Xavier University of Louisiana, Ellis has influenced the careers of countless musicians, including Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick Jr.,Nicholas Payton; as well as his four musician sons: Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason. In May, 2007, Marsalis received an honorary doctorate from Tulane University for his contributions to jazz and musical education.
On December 7, 2008, Ellis Marsalis was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music at Musicians’ Village in New Orleans is named in honor of Ellis Marsalis.