Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Don Elliott, 1926-1984: A Tribute

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“Don Elliott spread his talent across so many endeavors that he never received his due as an inventive Jazz artist. Elliott played trumpet, mellophone, and vibes, sang and acted.  He did all of that well-enough to work with George Shearing, Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman, Billy Taylor, and Teddy Wilson; record with Paul Desmond [and pianist Bill Evans]; appear in a Broadway musical; and collaborate in hit novelty recordings.”
- Orrin Keepnews

Scooter Pirtle published an extremely thorough profile on Don’s career in The Middle Horn Reader.

We have always enjoyed alto saxophonist Paul Desmond’s interpretation of the song You Go To My Head and can think of no better way to complement it than to add Don Elliott on trumpet and mellophone which the ace graphics team at CerraJazz LTD has done in the following video tribute to Don.