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John Ellis is one of New York’s premiere tenor saxophone voices. With more than 150 album credits as a sideman, John has recorded with a wide variety of artists such as Charlie Hunter, Robert Glasper, Darcy James Argue, Helen Sung, Kendrick Scott Oracle, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Sting.  John was the 2nd place winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition in 2002, he was the recipient of three composition grants through The Jazz Gallery for the creation of new work (“Dreamscapes”, “The Ice Siren”, and “MOBRO”) and he was selected as the 2014 Make Jazz Fellow by the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.  John has released thirteen albums as a leader, three of those featuring his New Orleans-centered band Double-Wide, which has toured extensively and was featured on the Main Stage of the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival. He co-produced the music for the children’s book series “Baby Loves Jazz” with Aaron Goldberg, and he wrote the theme music for the NPR podcast, “Rough Translation.” “Say It Quiet”, his most recent album, is a collaboration with Glenn Patscha and Adam Levy.  It was released on the Sunnyside record label in August of 2021.


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Album Review

Etienne Charles: Creole Orchestra Featuring René Marie

Read "Creole Orchestra Featuring René Marie" reviewed by Chris May


Trinidad-born Etienne Charles has been fortunate in his associates during his development as a jazz musician. One of the first friends he made on arrival in the U.S.A. in the early 2000s to study at Florida State University was faculty member Marcus Roberts. Among much else, the pianist taught Charles the importance of keeping in touch with his roots. “He always said make sure you put where you're from in your music," says Charles in the press materials accompanying his ...

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Jon Gordon: 7th Ave South

Read "7th Ave South" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Jon Gordon, an alto and soprano saxophonist, steps into the limelight with his latest release 7th Ave South, a melodic memoir of a transformative place for jazz history in the early 1980s. This journey is a testament to the fascination of discovery and the allure of artistic camaraderie four decades later. In this ten-track outing of primarily original compositions (with two exceptions), Gordon, a music professor at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, is accompanied by fellow faculty members or ...

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Alan Ferber: Up High, Down Low

Read "Up High, Down Low" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Nel nono disco da bandleader, il trombonista Alan Ferber ritorna col suo abituale nonet, con cui ha già inciso quattro album. L'organico ha subìto qualche cambiamento con le presenze del chitarrista Nir Felder, di Chris Cheek al sax baritono e qualche altro (ma restano i fidi sassofonisti Jon Gordon, Charles Pillow e John Ellis, il trombettista Scott Wendholt) confermando l'estetica di fondo: un modern mainstream caratterizzato da groove ritmico, chiarezza melodica e arrangiamenti leggibili che s'ispirano anche al soul ...

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Gili Lopes: Algures

Read "Algures" reviewed by Doug Collette


Bassist, composer, musical director and producer Gili Lopes is nothing if not an astute judge of talent. After all, for Algures (from an old Portuguese word meaning 'somewhere'), he has recruited a redoubtable case of accompanists, not the least of whom is saxophonist John Ellis, he of fruitful collaborations with Charlie Hunter and Miguel Zenon among others, as well as a string of diverse albums under his own name such as Dance Like There's No Tomorrow (Hyena, 2008) and Puppet ...

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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Dynamic Maximum Tension

Read "Dynamic Maximum Tension" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Precursore nel 2009 (con l'innovativo Infernal Machines) del nuovo rinascimento orchestrale nel jazz, Darcy James Argue approda all'etichetta Nonesuch e pubblica il nuovo album in studio: un doppio CD realizzato con i consueti partner della Secret Society più l'aggiunta della cantante Cecile McLorin Salvant e della violinista Sara Caswell. A differenza degli ultimi due dischi, Dynamic Maximum Tension non è un'opera multimediale ma conserva la spinta visionaria animata dalla costante riflessione socio-politica. Spinta che si traduce in ...

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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Dynamic Maximum Tension

Read "Dynamic Maximum Tension" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright


Darcy James Argue's superb double-album Nonesuch debut offers compositions written throughout his career. He turns to twentieth-century thinkers for “ideas that can help us in the present, that we can reexamine and reconfigure for our own purposes." These include futurist designer Buckminster Fuller, cryptanalyst-computer scientist Alan Turing, composer-arranger Bob Brookmeyer, actress-screenwriter Mae West, trumpeter-mentor Laurie Frink, and musician-beyond-category Duke Ellington, among others. Like West, Argue seems to control his own path. He may not yet be the tycoon she was, ...

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Eunmi Lee: Introspection

Read "Introspection" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Eunmi Lee is a quick learner. The South Korean-born pianist, who now makes her home in New York City, did not become acquainted with or interested in jazz until a friend introduced her to the GRP Records catalogue. That was more than a year after she had received a degree in contemporary piano from the Seoul Institute for the Arts, in 2005. Eager to learn more, Lee came to California in 2007 to take part in an open house at ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating John Ellis' birthday today!

John Ellis is one of New York’s premiere tenor saxophone voices. With more than 150 album credits as a sideman, John has recorded with a wide variety of artists such as Charlie Hunter, Robert Glasper, Darcy James Argue, Helen Sung, Kendrick Scott Oracle, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Sting.  John was the 2nd place winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition in 2002, he was the recipient of three composition grants ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating John Ellis' birthday today!

The gifted, versatile saxophonist/clarinetist/composer John Ellis occupies an imaginary (and extremely imaginative) space directly between the celebratory, welcoming spirit of New Orleans and the edgy, frantic streets of New York City. Both as the leader of his own eclectic projects and as an in-demand sideman for a mind-boggling number and variety of artists, Ellis expresses a keen intellect and easy virtuosity while maintaining a mischievous gleam in his eye and never ...

Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating John Ellis' birthday today!

The gifted, versatile saxophonist/clarinetist/composer John Ellis occupies an imaginary (and extremely imaginative) space directly between the celebratory, welcoming spirit of New Orleans and the edgy, frantic streets of New York City. Both as the leader of his own eclectic projects and as an in-demand sideman for a mind-boggling number and variety of artists, Ellis expresses a keen intellect and easy virtuosity while maintaining a mischievous gleam in his eye and never ...

Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating John Ellis' birthday today!

The gifted, versatile saxophonist/clarinetist/composer John Ellis occupies an imaginary (and extremely imaginative) space directly between the celebratory, welcoming spirit of New Orleans and the edgy, frantic streets of New York City. Both as the leader of his own eclectic projects and as an in-demand sideman for a mind-boggling number and variety of artists, Ellis expresses a keen intellect and easy virtuosity while maintaining a mischievous gleam in his eye and never ...

Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Source: Michael Ricci


Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Source: Michael Ricci


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Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Source: Michael Ricci


Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating John Ellis' birthday today!

“It\'s hard to say those two words next to each other and not smile," says John Ellis about Puppet Mischief, the title of the saxophonist\'s latest album with his band Double-Wide, to be released Feb. 23rd on ObliqSound. That statement— and the images conveyed by the album\'s intriguing title— applies equally to the music within. Puppet Mischief... Read more.

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Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating John Ellis' birthday today! “It\'s hard to say those two words next to each other and not smile," says John Ellis about Puppet Mischief, the title of the saxophonist\'s latest album with his band Double-Wide, to be released Feb. 23rd on ObliqSound. That statement — and the images conveyed by the album\'s intriguing title — applies equally to the music within. Puppet Mischief... Read more. Place our Musician of the Day widget on your website ...

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Performance / Tour

John Ellis & Andy Bragen Present Mobro - A Narrative Chamber Piece At The Jazz Gallery, May 30 & 31

John Ellis & Andy Bragen Present Mobro - A Narrative Chamber Piece At The Jazz Gallery, May 30 & 31

Source: Jason Byrne, Red Cat Publicity

John Ellis & Andy Bragen Present The CD Release Celebration for MOBRO And the Official Launch of Ellis' New Label, Parade Light Records, May 30 & 31 at The Jazz Gallery, one set only @ 9:00 PM Featuring: Becca Stevens, Miles Griffith, Sachal Vasandani, Johnaye Kendrick, Shane Endsley, John Clark, Alan Ferber, Josh Roseman, Mike Moreno, Ryan Scott, Joe Sanders, Rodney Green, and Roberto Lange A New Work Commissioned by The Jazz Gallery in 2011, MOBRO marks the first CD ...

Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

David Bertrand
woodwinds
Yuto Mitomi
saxophone, tenor

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

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Greenleaf Records
2024

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Algures

Self Produced
2024

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Creole Orchestra...

Culture Shock Music
2024

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7th Ave South

ArtistShare
2024

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Where We Begin

Sunnyside Records
2024

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On A Misty Night

Sounderscore
2023

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Witness

From: 7th Ave South
By John Ellis

Gimmick

From: Introspection
By John Ellis

Mr. Weird

From: Introspection
By John Ellis

Narcissism

From: Introspection
By John Ellis

In Defense of the Minotaur

From: Little Stories
By John Ellis

Lonnie

From: By a Thread
By John Ellis

Swamba Redux

From: Copperopolis
By John Ellis

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