Guest column

What Ellis Marsalis did for Memphis jazz

By , Guest Columnist Updated: April 05, 2020 4:00 AM CT | Published: April 05, 2020 4:00 AM CT
Guest Columnist

John Bass

John Bass is the director of the Mike Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes College. He researches and teaches about Memphis music, and performs as a guitarist.

By taking a chance on playing a concert at Rhodes College, Marsalis gave the Curb Institute credibility and paved the way for appearances by George Coleman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Harold Mabern and Charles Lloyd.


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