Donald Johnson Ellis Edit Profile
Bachelor of Music, Boston University, 1956. Postgraduate University of California at Los Angeles, 1963-1964.
November 1971); children—Brav Johnson, Tran Robert. Trumpet player with numerous orchs., 1952-1966, including Glenn Miller, 1956, Charlie Barnet, Maynard Ferguson, 1958-1960. Numerous recordings with own groups, 1960-1966.
Leader Don Ellis Orchestra, from 1965. Soloist National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, 1962, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, 1963-1964, Los Angeles Philharmonic, 1967. Performed Los Angeles Music Center with Stan Kenton Neophonic Orchestra in original composition Synthesis, 1966.
Tours United States, Europe. Recording artist Candid, Prestige, Pacific Jazz, Columbia, MPS/Badische Anilin- & Soda-Fabrik, Atlantic records. Numerous television appearances including pilot Movin On, NBC series Doctor’s Hospital.
Member A.S.C.A.P., National Academy Recording Arts and Sciences.
Married Constance Cynthia Coogan, July 28, 1961 (divorced November 1971). Children: Brav Johnson, Tran Robert.
Rockefeller grantee Center Creative and Performing Arts State University New York, Buffalo, 1964-1965.