The Don Ellis Info Sheet
This is the grandfather of web-based information on Don Ellis presented by Ellis fan Gordon McGonigal. Lots of great information is included, including albums under Ellis’s own name, other albums Ellis played on, albums of related interest, Ellis’s Movie/TV score list, books Ellis published, etc.
The Don Ellis Critical Editions
Russell Scarborough – a former classmate of mine from Towson University – is working closely with Ellis scholar Nick DiScala to deliver The Don Ellis Critical Editions. At this time, “Strawberry Soup” is available and other selections such as “Open Wide,” “KC Blues,” “Whiplash,” “A New Kind of Country,” and “Image of Maria” are being prepared. I used the “Strawberry Soup” critical edition extensively for musical examples in the analysis section of my dissertation.
Don Ellis on Allmusic.com
This site is an excellent resource, and includes brief biographical information along with extensive discography-related information.
The Don Ellis Information Site
This tribute site – managed by Ellis fan Todd Fronauer – is also dedicated to the life and music of Don Ellis. Todd provides very interesting and compelling reviews of all the Ellis recordings, in addition to photos, links, etc.
The Don Ellis Information Site by Matt Endahl
A site with a significant amount of anecdotal information not found anywhere else.
The Home of the Don Ellis Newsletter
Scott Harris has created three outstanding newsletters on Don Ellis in November 2001, July 2001, December 1998. Hopefully, we will be seeing a fourth installment in the near future. To get added to the free email list of the Don Ellis Newsletter, send email to email@example.com.
Don Ellis on Yahoo! Music
Scott Yanow is a jazz music on staff with Allmusic.com. He may have listened to more jazz recordings than any other human. Yahoo! Includes Scott’s well-written biography on Ellis’s career.
The Don Ellis Message Board on ArtistDirect
The iMusic Communities on ArtistDirect are legendary. The community bulletin board devoted to Don Ellis has attracted, fans, scholars, former band members, etc. This is a great source for hard-to-find anecdotal information.
Don Ellis Charts for Sale from The University of Northern Colorado
The UNC Jazz Press has made sixteen Ellis big band charts available, including such favorites as “Anti-ergophobia,” “The Blues,” “Bulgarian Bulge,” “Concerto For Trumpet,” “The Final Analysis,” “Go Back Home,” “Good Feelin’,” “The Great Divide,” “House In The Country,” “Indian Lady,” “The Magic Bus Ate My Doughnut,” “Pussywiggle Stomp,” “Rock Odyssey,” “Thetis,” “Turkish Bath,” and “Strawberry Soup” Critical Edition.
Don Ellis on TrumpetStuff.com
This site is dedicated to great jazz trumpet players, and devotes a page to Don Ellis. The page includes a handful of streaming audio and video clips, as well as some unique photos. I love the Echo Trumpet video!
“Don Ellis… ‘Time’ For The Final Analysis” by John R. Killoch
This page presents a reprint of Killoch’s feature article for Jazz Journal International. I cited the Killoch article several times in my dissertation.
The Marcinkiewicz New Quarter-Tone Trumpet
Ellis played a quarter-tone trumpet formerly manufactured by the Hohner Company with a similar four-valve design.
Electric Heart – The Don Ellis Story
Electric Heart – The Don Ellis Story is a feature-length documentary film producer-writer-director, John Vizzusi. Unfortunately, the project has been stalled in production for over two years due to funding issues. Anyone interested in helping to complete the funding for “Electric Heart” The Don Ellis Story should use the contact information below:
Central State Productions
1409 Oak Place Ste# K
Apopka, FL 32712
Production Office phone# 407-889-8998 voice/fax
Private Line# 407-889-2320