New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell took to Twitter to pay tribute to “icon” Ellis.
She wrote: “Ellis Marsalis was a legend. He was the prototype of what we mean when we talk about New Orleans jazz. The love and the prayers of all of our people go out to his family, and to all of those whose lives he touched.
“Ellis Marsalis was an icon – and phrases aren’t enough to explain the artwork, the enjoyment & the marvel he confirmed the world. May we wrap his household in our love & our gratitude, & could we honor his reminiscence by coming collectively in spirit – even because the outbreak retains us aside, for a time. (sic)”
The star was known mainly around the New Orleans jazz scene until his sons Branford – who is a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and has toured with Sting – and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis became famous, and many others began learning more about their father’s talent.
Wynton wrote on Twitter: “Ellis Marsalis, 1934 – 2020
“He went out the way he lived: embracing reality”
Ellis additionally leaves behind sons Delfeayo, a trombonist, Jason, a percussionist, Ellis III, a photographer, and Mboya. His spouse Dolores died in 2017.
‘Flatliners’ actor Billy Baldwin was among the many stars to pay tribute to Ellis.
He wrote on Twitter: “Condolences to the legendary and iconic Marsalis Family… (sic)”