Serving the people of New Orleans through youth music education, live concerts, community programs, world-class recording facilities, and more.
Ellis Marsalis, Jr.
Ellis Marsalis, Jr., was a celebrated jazz musician, recording artist, educator, and father. He is also our namesake and the Center’s first artistic director. Mr. Marsalis established a standard of excellence for classroom instruction and student performance. He was a powerful presence, representing the rigor and respect world-class music education demands while also projecting warmth, offering guidance, and sending a message to each and every student that they mattered. The Ellis Marsalis Center serves as a living memorial to him, and we are honored to carry on his legacy.
In other places, culture comes down from on high. In New Orleans, it comes from the streets.– Ellis Marsalis, Jr.