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Remembering Herb: Part Two

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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Remembering Herb

Emily's mentor, friend and inspiration, the venerable jazz guitarist Herb Ellis passed away yesterday, March 30th at the age of 88.

Today we are " Herb Heavy " in our hearts as we look back to his influence and music on the world of jazz. He is remembered by those that knew him best as,

'' A gentle and kind country spirit. A man of integrity...like Ray Brown, worlds unto themselves. Herb contained the Charlie Christian root...mid America. Herb Ellis was America on guitar'' - Kelly Roberti

Read the full story at these links:
The New York Times The Washington Post NPR Jazz All About Jazz

In his memory, once again take delight in this 1983 recording of Emily and Herb in Amsterdam and savor the sweet exchanges of two lovely guitars now joined in Club Paradise.

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Emily's  Inspiration

Last Sessions

Single Plays

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East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon

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