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John Ellis

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 letting tongue stray far from cheek.

That combination is best showcased in Ellis’ eccentric combo Double-Wide, which recently released its third album, Charm, on Ellis’ own Parade Light Records. Ellis also leads his own quintet of A-list players, whose most recent release was the 2012 Criss Cross release It’s You I Like featuring songs by singer-songwriter Elliott Smith and legendary kids’ TV host Mr. Rogers. An ambitious composer as well as an agile musician, Ellis in recent years has composed three large-scale narrative pieces commissioned by The Jazz Gallery in collaboration with playwright Andy Bragen (“Dreamscapes”, “The Ice Siren”, and “MOBRO”).

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Willing to teach

Beginners

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Albums

Charm
Charm
Parade Light
2015
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MOBRO
MOBRO
Parade Light Records
2014
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It's You I Like
It's You I Like
Criss Cross Jazz
2012
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Puppet Mischief
Puppet Mischief
ObliqSound
2010
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Dance Like There's No Tomorrow
Dance Like There's No...
Hyena Records
2008
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By a Thread
By a Thread
Hyena Records
2006
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