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Jazz Musician of the Day: Herb Ellis

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All About Jazz is celebrating Herb Ellis' birthday today!

Mitchell Herbert (Herb) Ellis (born August 4, 1921) is an American jazz guitarist. Growing up just outdside of Dallas, Texas, Ellis first heard the electric guitar performed by George Barnes on a radio show. This experience inspired him to take up the guitar, and he became proficient on the instrument by the time he entered North Texas State University as a music major. While in college Ellis heard recordings of Charlie Christian...Mitchell Herbert (Herb) Ellis (born August 4, 1921) is an American jazz guitarist. Growing up just outdside of Dallas, Texas, Ellis first heard the electric guitar performed by George Barnes on a radio show. This experience inspired him to take up the guitar, and he became proficient on the instrument by the time he entered North Texas State University as a music major. While in college Ellis heard recordings of Charlie Christian... more

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