As we continue our reverence to the memory of Herb Ellis, enjoy this recently discovered impromptu interview from 1985 with Herb in Bozeman, Montana at a local bustling 24 hour cafe on 7th Avenue, as they await dinner following a performance at The Baxter Hotel Ballroom that featured Ellis with Kelly Roberti and Brad Edwards. Conducted by Dr. Ray Pratt, of Montana State University, founder of the Bozeman Blues and Jazz Society and life long jazz advocate. Listen in as Herb casually responds to a range of questions, from his Texas roots and early musical endevors to his thoughts on Charlie Christian, his education, beginnings in the jazz scene, those he worked with over the years, what jazz music means, playing standards, composing, and more in this 20+ minute recording that ends all too abruptly but sheds a warm and objective light onto his life experiences.
Upon hearing Charlie Parker for the first time..

"It was the biggest musical shock I had ever experienced, because I had never heard anything like that. It was devastating, it was awesome, to hear a man play like that.."

Thanks to R. Platt for sharing this jazz treasure from his personal archives.

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