Personalities | Marcia Ball | Eighties | Jazz & Blues

(Piano, vocals, b. 1949)

One of the leading exponents of the Professor Longhair school of piano playing, East Texas-born ‘Long Tall’ Marcia Ball was also greatly influenced by R&B divas Irma Thomas and Etta James, and zydeco king Clifton Chenier. Her infectious blend of modern Texas roadhouse blues, boogie-woogie and Louisiana swamp rock is best exemplified on a series of Rounder recordings, including 1984’s Soulful Dress, 1986’s Hot Tamale Baby and 1989’s Gator Rhythms. Ball still tours continuously and is an annual attraction at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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