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Ellis Marsalis Retires From UNO

Ellis Marsalis is stepping down from his role as chair of the jazz studies department at the University of New Orleans (UNO). The 66 year-old pianist will be replaced by trumpeter Terence Blanchard, a former Marsalis student and New Orleans native.

“Ellis was unique,” said UNO Chancellor Gregory O’Brien. “It would take a lot of people to replace Ellis. But Terence is very committed to the position.” Blanchard studied under Marsalis at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.

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