Ellis Marsalis and Derek.
When I saw this photo, it brought tears to my eyes. The smile on Mr. Ellis' face is such sweet validation... I have no words to describe how my heart felt when I saw it.
Derek is so talented and has been so blessed by Mr. Ellis. Few can say they have lived the experience of playing with an American Jazz icon and I remember Derek's first gig with him when he was a Senior in High School and has played with him from that point forward and has been around the world and back with him - more than once.
My darling little Brother... one of my greatest blessings.