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Juillard Honors Ellis Marsalis

Last year the Juilliard School in New York City added a jazz program to their classical-heavy offerings. This year the school will create for itself some jazz alumni. Or alumnus, as the case is. On May 23 Juilliard will give pianist-educator Ellis Marsalis (pictured) an honorary doctorate degree as part of its 98th commencement ceremony in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Marsalis is one of six people being honored by the school, most of them educators, including trumpeter William Vacchiano, who incidently taught Marsalis’ son Wynton a few things about playing classical trumpet. The others are soprano Renee Fleming, flutist Julius Baker, dancer-choreographer Alfredo Corvino and actress Marian Seldes. Marsalis, who in addition to his own sons taught Harry Connick Jr., Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison and Terence Blanchard will receive Juilliard’s Doctor of Music degree.

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