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April 27, 2017 – Ellis Marsalis Quintet Benefit Concert

The inimitable Ellis Marsalis Quintet, including sons Jason and Delfeayo, will present a one-night concert at the Rich Theatre Auditorium of the Woodruff Arts Center on April 27, 8-9:30 pm. The concert will benefit the Santa Fe Villas, a non-profit which provides permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals.

For tickets contact the Woodruff box office (404-733-5100) or online at For tickets contact the Woodruff box office (404-733-5100) or purchase tickets online. Tickets are $75 per reserved seat; VIP tickets for $125 also include a meet and greet with the artists before the show.

Born in 1934 in New Orleans, Marsalis is the father of six sons, four of whom are international jazz musicians (Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason; Ellis is a poet, photographer, and network engineer; Mboya does not play an instrument). According to Paul Harrow of the Heartland Review, they are often referred to as “The First Family of Jazz.”

Ellis Marsalis Jr. has played with Cannonball Adderly, Nat Adderly, and Al Hirt, was inducted in the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, and was a recipient of the NEA Jazz Masters Award. For a lifetime, Marsalis has been a pillar of not only the New Orleans jazz community, but also a leading music educator nationally. Although he regularly performs at the Snug Harbor jazz bistro in New Orleans, his contribution to music education has earned him an honorary doctorate from Tulane University. His major influence in jazz cannot be denied.

The Santa Fe Villas, operated by Urban Residential Development Corporation, is a place where 147 adults can take their first step off the streets of Atlanta and find a place to call home. Over 20 years ago, a group of visionaries conceived of repurposing an old motel to address the homeless issue. Santa Fe Villas has given a new start to more than 2,500 individuals, some of whom have moved on to independent housing, while others have called Santa Fe their home for ten or more years. A home gives access to health, education, family and dignity. One resident noted, “This is the first time I’ve lived in my own space – ever!”

Federal grant funds from the City of Atlanta, the State of Georgia, and HUD make it possible for persons with little income to have a home. However, the grants are not enough to keep all 147 units operating. The proceeds from the Marsalis Quintet Concert and contributions will go into an essential repair and maintenance fund to ensure all units meet today’s quality standards.

“The Santa Fe serves the most in need among the homeless of Atlanta and through the connection to quality services provides the residents with a real opportunity to find a fulfilling life. We are the boot straps. We are the place to call home,” long time homeless advocate and URDC executive director, Paul Bolster said.

For more information, contact Paul Bolster, volunteer executive director, 404.664.0059, bolsterp@bellsouth.net

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