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-'''Alfred James Ellis''', known as '''Pee Wee Ellis''' (born April 21, 1941 – September 24, 2021), was an [[American musician]], a [[saxophonist]], [[composer]], and [[arranger]]. With a background in [[jazz]], he was an important member of [[James Brown]]'s band in the 1960s, appearing on many of Brown's most notable recordings and co-writing hits like "[[Cold Sweat]]" and "[[Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud]]". He also worked closely with [[Van Morrison]].+'''Somerset''' is a [[Ceremonial counties of England|county]] in [[South West England]] which borders [[Gloucestershire]] and [[Bristol]] to the north, [[Wiltshire]] to the east, [[Dorset]] to the south-east and [[Devon]] to the south-west. It is bounded to the north and west by the [[Severn Estuary]] and the [[Bristol Channel]], its coastline facing southeastern [[Wales]]. Its traditional border with Gloucestershire is the [[River Avon (Bristol)|River Avon]].
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-In the 2014 biographical movie ''[[Get on Up (film)|Get on Up]]'' about James Brown, Ellis is played by [[Black Thought|Tariq Trotter]].+
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-In later years, he became a resident of [[England]], living in the town of [[Frome]] in the county of [[Somerset]].+
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-==Biography==+
-Ellis was born on April 21, 1941 in [[Bradenton, Florida]] to his mother Elizabeth and his father Garfield Devoe Rogers, Jr. In 1949 his mother married Ezell Ellis, and the family moved to [[Lubbock, Texas]] where Ellis was given his nickname "Pee Wee". He gave his first public performance in 1954 at Dunbar Junior High School. After Ezell Ellis was killed in 1955, the remaining members of the family moved to [[Rochester, New York]]. While attending Madison High School he played professionally with jazz musicians including [[Ron Carter]] and [[Chuck Mangione]]. In 1957 he moved to [[New York City]], where he attended [[Manhattan School of Music]] and had regular lessons with [[Sonny Rollins]]. In 1960 he moved back to [[Florida]] working as a bandleader, musical director and writer.+
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-Ellis played with the [[James Brown]] Revue from 1965 to 1969. While with Brown he arranged and co-wrote hits like "[[Cold Sweat]]" and "[[Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud]]". In 1969 he returned to New York City. He worked as an arranger and musical director for [[CTI Records]]' Kudu label, collaborating with artists like [[George Benson]], [[Hank Crawford]] and [[Esther Phillips]]. In the late 1970s he moved to [[San Francisco]] and formed a band with former [[Miles Davis]] sideman [[David Liebman]], with whom he recorded "[[The Chicken (music)|The Chicken]]", that was to become a favourite of [[Jaco Pastorius]].+
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-Between 1979 and 1986 he worked with [[Van Morrison]]'s band as an arranger and musical director and then again from 1995 through 1999. He also gave occasional performances in 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2006 as [[guest appearance]]s.+
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-In the late 1980s Ellis regrouped with some musicians he worked with during his time with [[James Brown]] to form the [[JB Horns]]. With [[Fred Wesley]] and [[Maceo Parker]] he recorded a number of albums that defined a version of [[jazz-funk]]. The group also toured in Europe. In 1992 he resumed his solo recording career. Ellis also appeared alongside [[Bobby Byrd]] in the J.B. All Stars.+
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-In 1995, showing the diversity of his musical interests and talents, Ellis played tenor sax and arranged the horns for the album ''Worotan'', by Mali's [[Oumou Sangare]], the so-called "Songbird of Wassoulou" and worked with many other artists on the World Circuit label including [[Ali Farka Toure]], [[Cheikh Lo]], [[Anga Diaz]] and renowned Cuban bassist [[Cachao]].+
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-His own group The Pee Wee Ellis Assembly have continued to work consistently since 1992, and Ellis was always busy guesting with multi various artists, arranging and recording both his own albums and as a respected session player and teaching.+
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-Between 2009 and 2011 Ellis toured an African tribute to James Brown, "Still Black Still Proud", to much acclaim in both USA and Europe. Special guests in the project included [[Vusi Mahlasela]], [[Maceo Parker]], Cheikh Lo, [[Mahotella Queens]] and Ghanaian rapper Ty.+
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-Since 2012 Ellis has been touring with the Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion, a quartet comprising Ellis, drummer [[Ginger Baker]], bassist [[Alec Dankworth]] and percussionist Abass Dodoo.+
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-In July 2014 Pee Wee Ellis was honored with a doctorate by [[Bath Spa University]], and he continued to support local music as patron (and a principal performer) of the Bristol International Blues and Jazz Festival. He died on September 24, 2021, at the age of 80.+
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-==Discography==+
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-===Solo recordings===+
-*1977 ''Home in the Country'' (Savoy)+
-*1992 ''Blues Mission'' (Gramavision)+
-*1993 ''Twelve and More Blues'' (Minor Music)+
-*1994 ''Sepia Tonality'' (Minor Music)+
-*1995 ''Yellin Blue''+
-*1996 ''A New Shift'' (Minor Music)+
-*1997 ''What You Like'' (Minor Music)+
-*2000 ''Ridin Mighty High'' (Skip Records)+
-*2001 ''Live and Funky'' (Skip Records)+
-*2005 ''Different Rooms'' (Skip Records)+
-*2011 ''[[Tenoration]]'' (Art of Groove, MIG-Music)+
-*2013 ''The Spirit of Christmas'' (Minor Music GmbH)+
-*2015 ''The Cologne Concerts'' (Minor Music GmbH)+
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-===With James Brown===+
-* ''[[Star Time (album)|Star Time]]'' - a four-CD retrospective of James Brown's career+
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-===With Van Morrison===+
-*1979 ''[[Into the Music]]'' (Polydor)+
-*1980 ''[[Common One]]'' (Polydor)+
-*1982 ''[[Beautiful Vision]]'' (Polydor)+
-*1983 ''[[Inarticulate Speech of the Heart]]'' (Polydor)+
-*1984 ''[[Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast]]'' (Polydor)+
-*1985 ''[[A Sense of Wonder]]'' (Polydor)+
-*1995 ''[[Days Like This (Van Morrison album)|Days Like This]]'' (Polydor)+
-*1996 ''[[How Long Has This Been Going On (Van Morrison album)|How Long Has This Been Going On]]'' (Mercury) - Top Jazz Album - #1+
-*1996 ''[[Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison]]'' (Verve) - Top Jazz Album - #1+
-*1997 ''[[The Healing Game]]'' (Mercury)+
-*1998 ''[[The Philosopher's Stone (album)|The Philosopher's Stone]]'' (Polydor)+
-*1999 ''[[Back on Top (Van Morrison album)|Back on Top]]'' (Polydor)+
-*2006 ''[[Live at Montreux 1980/1974]]'' [[DVD]] (Exile) - (Pee Wee Ellis is featured prominently in the 1980 performance with solos, especially standing out as the "twin brother" to Morrison's vocals on "Troubadours".)+
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-===With The JB Horns===+
-*1990 ''Finally Getting Paid'' (Minor Music)+
-*1991 ''Pee Wee, Fred and Maceo'' (Gramavision)+
-*1993 ''Funky Good Time - Live'' (Gramavision)+
-*1994 ''I Like It Like That''+
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-===With Maceo Parker===+
-*1990 ''[[Roots Revisited]]'' (Minor Music)+
-*1991 ''[[Mo' Roots (Maceo Parker album)|Mo' Roots]]'' (Minor Music)+
-*1992 ''[[Life on Planet Groove]]'' (Minor Music)+
-*1993 ''Southern Exposure'' (Minor Music)+
-*1994 ''Maceo'' (Minor Music)+
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-===Other contributions===+
-'''With [[Ginger Baker]]'''+
-*''[[Why? (Ginger Baker album)|Why?]]'' (Motema Music, 2014)+
-'''With [[Brass Fever]]'''+
-*''[[Time Is Running Out (album)|Time Is Running Out]]'' (Impulse!, 1976)+
-'''With [[George Benson]]'''+
-*''[[Body Talk (George Benson album)|Body Talk]]'' (CTI Records|CTI, 1973)+
-'''With [[Hank Crawford]]'''+
-*''[[It's a Funky Thing to Do]]'' (Cotillion, 1971)+
-'''With [[Dave Liebman]]'''+
-*''[[Light'n Up, Please!]]'' (Horizon, 1975)+
-'''With [[Jack McDuff]]'''+
-*''[[The Fourth Dimension (Jack McDuff album)|The Fourth Dimension]]'' (Cadet, 1974)+
-*''[[Magnetic Feel]]'' (Cadet, 1975)+
-'''With the [[Rebirth Brass Band]], [[Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews]], [[Fred Wesley]], [[Maceo Parker]] and [[Lenny Kravitz]]'''+
-* "[[Whole Lotta Lovin' (Fats Domino song)|Whole Lotta Lovin']]" on ''[[Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino]]'' ([[Vanguard Records|Vanguard]], 2007)+
-'''With [[Shirley Scott]]'''+
-*''[[Mystical Lady]]'' (Cadet, 1971)+
-'''With [[Sonny Stitt]]'''+
-*''[[Dumpy Mama]]'' (Flying Dutchman, 1975)+
-'''With [[Leon Thomas]]'''+
-*''[[Blues and the Soulful Truth]]'' (Flying Dutchman, 1972)+
-*''[[Full Circle (Leon Thomas album)|Full Circle]]'' (Flying Dutchman, 1973)+
-'''With [[Ali Farka Touré]]'''+
-*''[[Savane (album)|Savane]]'' (World Circuit, 2006)+
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-==See also==+
-* [[List of jazz arrangers]]+
-* [[List of saxophonists]]+
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Somerset is a county in South West England which borders Gloucestershire and Bristol to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south-east and Devon to the south-west. It is bounded to the north and west by the Severn Estuary and the Bristol Channel, its coastline facing southeastern Wales. Its traditional border with Gloucestershire is the River Avon.



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