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Saxophonist John Ellis (center) performs with Matt Perrine (left) on sousaphone at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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Newport Jazz Festival

John Ellis Double-Wide, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

John Ellis Double-Wide, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

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The tenor saxophonist John Ellis is a commanding instrumentalist with a most gorgeous, carmelized tone. And though he now lives in New York, his band gives away the fact that he learned an awful lot in New Orleans. A chunk of Double-Wide lives there — notably, Matt Perrine (sousaphone) and Jason Marsalis (drums) — and the Crescent City's carnivalesque and high-stepping timbres are refracted through Ellis' tunes. You can take the boy out of the South, but you can't take the South out of his musical vision.

Set List
  • "Okra & Tomatoes" (Ellis)
  • "Zydeco Clowns on the Lam" (Ellis)
  • "Dewey Dah" (Ellis)
  • "3-Legged Tango in Jackson Square" (Ellis)
  • "Dubinland Carnival" (Ellis)
  • "This Too Shall Pass" (Ellis)
  • "Break Tune" (Ellis)
Personnel
  • John Ellis, tenor saxophone
  • Gary Versace, organ/accordion
  • Matt Perrine, sousaphone
  • Jason Marsalis, drums
  • Alan Ferber, trombone
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