Deaths elsewhere

April 02, 2010|By The Washington Post

HERB ELLIS, 88

Jazz guitarvirtuoso

Herb Ellis, a jazz guitar virtuoso who played behind such jazz luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong and was a member of the celebrated Oscar Peterson Trio in the 1950s, died March 28 at his home in Los Angeles. In a career than spanned six decades, the Texas-born Mr. Ellis was regarded as one of the world's finest jazz guitar soloists. Innovative guitarist Les Paul paid him the compliment, "If you're not swinging, he's gonna make you swing."

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