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First family of New Orleans jazz at UNCG

Photo of Ellis Marsalis and his 37-year-old son JasonEllis Marsalis and his 37-year-old son Jason will join forces for a generation-crossing performance on Friday, Sept. 12, 8 p.m., at Aycock Auditorium.

The show launches the 2014-15 UNCG Performing Arts Series.

The elder Marsalis is a jazz pianist who has been performing professionally for more than 60 years. The patriarch of the Marsalis family, he has spent his lifetime as a music educator and performer. He is father to six sons, Branford, Wynton, Ellis III, Delfeayo, Mboya and Jason, four of whom have enjoyed musical successes of their own. He has appeared on NBC’s Today show with host Bryant Gumbel; The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno; the Arsenio Hall show with pianist Marcus Roberts; the Charlie Rose show; Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood; and ABC’s Good Morning America with Spencer Christian.

The youngest son of Ellis Marsalis, Jason Marsalis is best known for his distinctive polyrhythmic drumming style. The sense of style and tastefulness that Marsalis exhibits in his playing explains why he is a highly sought after musician. This style has been well documented on recordings with artists such as the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Marcus Printup and Marcus Roberts to name but a few. He has also produced two albums under his own name, “Year of the Drummer” and “Music in Motion.”

This is a rare opportunity to see and hear a generation-spanning performance from jazz musicians who have helped shape the American musical landscape.

Buy your tickets at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/upas or call the Triad Stage Box Office at 272-0160.