Tenor Saxophonist Dave Ellis at Filoli Jazz

Dave Ellis, Photo Credit: Steve Maruta

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We're just a short hop from San Francisco, at a garden and mansion called Filoli, owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Ellis is a product of the famed Berkeley Public Schools music education program in the 1980s, and a longtime Bay Area resident. He has been a member of the Charlie Hunter Trio and the post-Jerry Garcia incarnations of the Grateful Dead. His straight-ahead CD State of Mind on the Milestone label was named Outstanding Jazz Album in recent California Music Awards. It's Ellis' first CD with sidemen Mulgrew Miller on piano and Christian McBride on bass, produced by jazz legend Orrin Keepnews -- and Dave is justifiably proud of that.

All compositions on this JazzSet are by the trumpeter / flugelhornist Mark Wright. After some hiking at Point Reyes National Seashore, Mark wrote the "Point Reyes Suite" to depict the beauty of the land and seascape. The flugelhorn / tenor duet between Wright and Ellis on "White Deer," and the drums-as-thunderstorm interlude before "Vistas," are highlights.

Prior to "Point Reyes," the Dave Ellis Sanctified Septet opens the show with "Ode to Courage" and "Overcast."

Guest host Rhonda Hamilton is the winner of the Jazz Journalists Association 2005 Excellence in Jazz Broadcasting / Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for her daily show on WBGO and wbgo.org.

(All Songs by Mark Wright)
Ode to Courage
Point Reyes Suite
- Point Reyes
- White Deer
- Vistas

Dave Ellis - tenor sax
Composer Mark Wright - trumpet and flugelhorn
Marty Wehner - trombone
Dave Robbins - baritone sax
Peter Horvath - piano
Miles Perkins - bass
Deszon Claiborne - drums

Dave Ellis's Site
Dave Ellis on Concord Music Group
2007 Filoli Jazz Season

Bud Spangler co-produced this concert with Merilee Trost.
The recording is by Syntropy Audio of Oakland, music mixer Brian Walker, with Taylor Still.

Our Technical Director is Duke Markos, with Producer Becca Pulliam and Executive Producer Thurston Briscoe III of WBGO Jazz 88 in Newark.