R.I.P. Herb Ellis | Rock Candy

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

R.I.P. Herb Ellis

Posted By on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 12:17 PM


Herb Ellis, the truly legendary jazz guitarist who called Fairfield Bay home since the 1980s passed last night in Los Angeles after a long battle with Alzheimers.

While most notable for his tenure as member of the Oscar Peterson Trio, he also backed Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Joe Pass and Louis Armstrong amongst scores of others.

So respected is the man in jazz circles that in 1991, Gibson introduced a Herb Ellis signature model guitar, one of the most esteemed honors available to musicians.

Check out a couple videos of the man in action after the jump.

The Oscar Peterson Trio - "A Gal in Calico" (1958)

Herb Ellis & Barney Kessel - "Tangerine" (1979)

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