Pretty much everyone in the Marsalis family who plays an instrument, from patriarch Ellis on down, will be honored with a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award on January 11 at the Rose Theater of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Award is given to living legends that have made significant contributions to jazz. Certainly the Marsalis’ fit the criteria. Both individually and collectively, they have long been highly visible champions of preserving and expanding jazz through music education, production and musicianship.
On Monday, January 10 at 1 p.m., the 2011 Jazz Masters will present a panel discussion moderated by A.B. Spellman open to the public on a first come, first served basis in the Varis-Leichtman Studio at Jazz at Lincoln Center. This discussion was originally scheduled for Monday evening, but was moved to an earlier time to allow the Jazz Masters and the panel’s audience members to attend a memorial service to Dr. Billy Taylor, who passed away on December 28.
Both the panel discussion and the awards ceremony will be streamed live at www.arts.gov. The ceremony and performances will also be broadcast live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Real Jazz Channel 70, WBGO radio on 88.3FM (wbgo.org), and at NPR Music (nprmusic.org).
Pictured above, from left: pianist Ellis Marsalis, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, bassist Eric Revis, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, drummer Jason Marsalis and trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis.