During the s, he was in a trio with pianist Oscar Peterson. Born in FarmersvilleTexasand raised in the suburbs of DallasEllis first heard the electric guitar performed by George Barnes on a radio program. This experience is said to have inspired him to take up the guitar. He became proficient on the instrument by the time he entered North Texas State University. Ellis majored in music, but because they did not yet have a guitar program at that time, he studied the string bass. Unfortunately, due to lack of funds, his college days were short-lived.
InEllis dropped out of college and toured for six months with a band from the University of Kansas. Inhe joined Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra and it was with Gray's band that he got his first recognition in the jazz magazines. After Gray's band, Ellis joined the Jimmy Dorsey band where he played some of his first recorded solos. Ellis remained with Dorsey throughtraveling and recording extensively, and playing in dance halls and movie palaces.
Then came a turnabout that would change Ellis's career forever. As pianist Lou Carter told journalist Robert Dupuis in a interview, "The Dorsey band had a six-week hole in the schedule. The three of us had played together some with the big band. We went in there and stayed Intersection - André Previn / Herb Ellis / Shelly Manne / Ray Brown - 4 To Go! months. And that's how the group the Soft Winds were born".
They stayed together until Ellis then joined the Oscar Peterson Trio replacing Barney Kessel informing what Scott Yanow would later on refer to as "one of the most memorable of all the piano, guitar, and bass trios in jazz history". Ellis became prominent after performing with the Oscar Peterson Trio from to along with pianist Peterson and bassist Ray Brown.
He was a somewhat controversial member of the trio, because he was the only white person in the group in a time when Heckmann* - Reality Lost / In Your Face was still very much widespread.
In addition to their great live and recorded work as the Oscar Peterson Trio, this unit usually with the addition of a drummer, served as the virtual "house rhythm section" for Norman Granz 's Intersection - André Previn / Herb Ellis / Shelly Manne / Ray Brown - 4 To Go! Recordssupporting the likes of tenormen Ben Webster and Stan Getzas well as trumpeters Dizzy GillespieRoy Eldridgeand Sweets Edison and other jazz stalwarts.
Ellis was part of the rhythm section but did not solo on every track. With drummer Buddy Richthey were also the backing band for popular "comeback" albums by the duet of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. The trio were one of the mainstays of Granz 's Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts as they swept the jazz world, almost constantly touring the United States and Europe. Ellis left the Peterson Trio in Novemberto be replaced not by a guitarist, but by drummer Ed Thigpen.
The years of through found Ellis touring with Ella Fitzgerald. The three provided a stirring rendition of " Tenderly " as a jazz improvisational backdrop to John Hubley's cartoon The Tender Game. In he joined the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame.
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