Manty Ellis and the Jazz Foundation of Milwaukee

A fundraiser for the Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts
926 E Center St
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 374-4722

Sunday, July 26, 2015
7:00pm, $10 suggested donation

Manty Ellis, guitar
Eric Schoor, tenor saxophone
Billy Johnson, bass
Victor Campbell, drums

Manty Ellis is the cornerstone of Milwaukee jazz. Manty co-founded the jazz program at the Wisconsin Conservatory along with Tony King. He is also a recipient of the 1997 Arts Midwest Jazz Masters award. Some of the musicians Manty has worked with include Sonny Stitt, Eddie Harris, Stanley Turrentine, Richard Davis, Buddy Montgomery, Brian Lynch, Willie Pickens, David Hazeltine, and Melvin Rhyne. In 1999 Manty cut his CD, In His Own Sweet Way.

Manty owned a music store, Ellis Music, and all the famous jazz musicians who came to town would go there to jam with him. Musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, Frank Foster, Eddie Moore, and many others could be found there whenever they were in town. Manty’s style and approach embodies the Midwestern jazz sound. Manty Ellis is Milwaukee jazz.

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