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INFO

JACK ELLIS

ACOUSTIC

BLUES

AND

MORE

FROM PAGOSA SPRINGS, COLORADO

 

PERFORMING LIVE AT VENUES AROUND THE FOUR CORNERS AREA

 

I'M A SINGER SONGWRITER, AN INTERPRETER, A ONE-TIME WRITING AND LITERATURE TEACHER ON THE HIGH SHOOL AND COLLEGE LEVEL FOR MANY YEARS, AND A GUITARIST SINCE THE AGE OF ABOUT 12.

 

 I GREW UP A SALT WATER KID ON A HARBOR JUST OFF THE LONG ISLAND SOUND, CLAMMING, FISHING, SWIMMING, SKIING...SCHOOLED IN NEW YORK, TEXAS, COLORADO, RHODE ISLAND, AND WISCONSIN.  EARNED A BA AND MA IN LITERATURE, AND HAVE BEEN PERFORMING AROUND THE FOUR CORNERS AREA SINCE, WELL, SINCE THE LAST CENTURY.

 

 THERE'S A LOT OF BLUES IN MY PERFORMANCES AND A LOT OF HISTORY ABOUT VARIOUS SONGWRITERS AND SONGS.  I APPRECIATE AND HONOR THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE.

 

 I HAVE PLAYED IN THE BASEMENT CLUB OF BB KING'S IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, AND AT A WINERY ON THE EAST END OF LONG ISLAND, WHERE I STARTED OUT PLAYING COFFEE HOUSES AS A SHY TEENAGER.  

 

OVER THE YEARS I'VE PLAYED IN BANDS (1000 FEET, THE DUTTON DITCH BLUES BAND, HIGH ALTITUDE BLUES) TRIOS, DUOS, AND IN SOLO FORM.  

 

PRESENTLY, I PLAY A FEW SOLO GIGS, AND DUO GIGS WITH GLENN UNRATH, A FINE SINGER AND BASS PLAYER FROM WISCONSIN.  HIGH ALTITUDE BLUES (HAB) IS ANOTHER FUN GROUP, PLAYING BLUES MOSTLY AS THE NAME INDICATES:  HAB IS A TRIO WITH LARRY CARVER FROM SAN FRANCISCO ON ELECTRIC LEAD, ALONG WITH GLENN ON BASS AND MYSELF ON ACOUSTIC.  OUR OTHER PROJECT IS CALLED OUT ON WORK RELEASE (OOWR) A GROUP OF ANYWHERE FROM 4 TO 6 MUSICIANS...depending on...well..lookit our name.  IN ADDITION TO LARRYCARVER, GLENN UNRATH, AND MYSELF, THE OTHER MEMBERS in OOWR are SKIP THOMAS ON VIOLIN FROM TAMPA, FLORIDA; MIKE DEARMAN ON HARMONICA AND VOCALS HAILING FROM MEMPHIS TENNESSEE; AND RAMON BADELL, ON PERCUSSIONIST AND VOCALS FROM CARACAS, VENEZEULA.  

HOPE  TO SEE YOU THIS SUMMER.

 

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