Sunday, April 04, 2010

Herb Ellis dies

Herb Ellis diesJazz guitar legend Herb Ellis, best known as a member of the Oscar Peterson Trio and soloist alongside greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, has died. Ellis, 88, died Sunday at his Los Angeles home after having suffered from Alzheimer's disease, according to his son, Mitch Ellis. "The jazz world has lost a great musician and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and all who enjoyed his work," said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the U.S. Recording Academy, which organizes the Grammy Awards. The guitarist, who won a pair of Grammys while with the Oscar Peterson Trio, was "devoted to playing what he called straight-ahead mainstream jazz," Portnow said in a statement.
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