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JACK ELLIS

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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'VE TEAMED UP WITH A FINE MANDOLIN PLAYER, MR. KEVIN DUNN.  WE'VE PLAYED A LOT OF VENUES TOGETHER.  ALSO, AT TIMES, I'VE BEEN JOINED BY MR. JEFF HIPSHMAN, A MASTER OF GUITAR, BASS, AND MANDOLIN, FOR A VARIETY OF GIGS.  THE THREE OF US, FROM TIME TO TIME, HAVE JOINED FORCES AND THE MUSIC HAS BEEN GREAT.

 

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