by Robert Bell
WILDWOOD JAZZ SERIES: ELLIS MARSALIS
8 p.m. Wildwood Park for the Arts. $15-$100.
Here are some exciting developments for jazz lovers in Central Arkansas: Wildwood Park for the Arts is bringing in acclaimed pianist Ellis Marsalis for a performance this Friday, and at the show, they'll be announcing a new series of jazz concerts.
Marsalis, of course, is the father of six sons, four of whom are big players on the national and international jazz scenes: Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason, all incredibly gifted musicians. They come by it honestly. Ellis Marsalis has been a respected fixture in New Orleans circles since the 1950s. In 2011, he and his family were named Jazz Masters by the National Endowment for the Arts, joining the ranks of such greats as Miles Davis, Count Basie and Max Roach. They were in fact the first family ever to win the award.
The proceeds from this concert will support the new Wildwood Jazz Series. Reserved seats are $60 or for $100, you can attend the post-show reception. There are a limited number of student tickets available for $15. Tickets are available here.