Dolores Ferdinand Marsalis, Mother Of Jazz Greats, Dies At 80

Jul 20, 2017
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The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that the matriarch of one jazz' greatest families has passed.


Dolores Ferdinand Marsalis, matriarch of one of New Orleans' great musical families died Tuesday (July 18) of pancreatic cancer. She was 80 years old. Dolores Marsalis was the wife of the influential New Orleans jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, and mother of six sons: Branford, Wynton , Ellis III, Delfeayo , Mboya Kinyatta, and Jason, four of whom are jazz musicians.

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