Touring In Support Of His New Album, ONE FOOT IN THE SWAMP In Stores Today, February 22nd
New York, NY -- John Ellis is one of the most exciting young tenor saxophonists in jazz today. While he's best known for his work as a member of the Charlie Hunter Trio, he's quickly becoming a compelling leader in his own right. Having recently signed to the eclectic New York City independent record label HYENA, his new album, One Foot In The Swamp, is released nationwide today, February 22nd. Joined on the recording by the likes of Nicholas Payton, John Scofield, Gregoire Maret and Jason Marsalis, One Foot In The Swamp is a modern jazz gem. It illuminates Ellis' intriguingly progressive jazz vision by deftly integrating numerous moods and textures. The compositions are performed with soul and command that belie his 30 years of age.
John Ellis currently calls New York City home, but he's actually a country boy at heart, born and raised the son of a preacher in rural North Carolina. His second home is none other than New Orleans, where he lived for three years soaking up the city's musical heritage, while building an acclaimed reputation locally. These varied experiences are all reflected in Ellis' music, encompassing the urgent, edgy post-bop spirit of players like Charles Lloyd and John Handy, while maintaining an earthy, pastoral underbelly that's as confident as the rooster's early morning crow. Tying it all together is plenty of Big Easy grit and grease to keep everybody feeling good.
John will support the release of One Foot In The Swamp with a U.S. Tour. Confirmed dates include:
February 24 / New Orleans, LA / Louisiana Music Factory
February 25 / Houston, TX / Ovations
February 27 / New Orleans, LA / Snug Harbor
March 3 / / Santa Cruz, CA / Kuumbwa
March 4 / San Francisco, CA / Bruno's
March 5 & 6 / Truckee, CA / Moody's
March 26 / New York, NY / Jazz Gallery
March 31 / Cleveland, OH / Nighttown
April 1 & 2 / Chicago, IL / The Green Mill
April 5 / Louisville, KY / The Jazz Factory