Concerto For Trumpet – 1969

Don Ellis

A rarely seen performance from the Ed Sullivan Show

Click here to Support Jazz on the Tube

Don Ellis (1934-78) was a very original trumpeter, bandleader, and musical thinker.

His big bands became famous for their mastery of unusual time signatures (even playing in 17/4 and 31/4 time), their use of electronics, and their colorful unpredictability.

Ellis and his oversized orchestra (which had an enlarged rhythm section) appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1969 and played a shortened version of his “Concerto For Trumpet” with its energetic leader in the spotlight.

-Scott Yanow


Click here to Support Jazz on the Tube