Pee Wee Death – Obituary News: American saxophonist Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis has died .
We are sad to report that Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis , an American saxophonist, composer and arranger. With a background in jazz has passed away.
He was an important member of James Brown’s band in the 1960s, appearing on many of Brown’s most notable recordings and co-writing hits like “Cold Sweat” and “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”.
His death was announced on social media by WorldOne Presents – The BEAT wrote
RIP Pee Wee
The “silent genius” with the “brilliant arrangements”. That’s the way fellow icon and former bandmate Bootsy Collins described his dear friend, Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis, in his tribute today. We couldn’t have said it any better. Pee Wee was a rarefied talent that could mold his abilities to bring out the best in some of the greatest musical artists of all time. From James Brown to Parliament and from George Benson to Van Morrison, Pee Wee had a knack for elevating these already legendary musicians to new heights they had yet to see.The ultimate team player. Pee Wee had a unique ability to take direction from the greats but then to take that direction and run with it creating soundscapes not even they could have predicted. Ellis created some truly mind blowing compositions as band leader for The James Brown Band and then later on for his longest tenure as band leader for Van Morrison for the better part of two decades.Perhaps Ellis’s greatest gift was his easygoing nature. When dealing with musical genius on that level there is a certain amount of ego you have to deal with. But that never seemed to bother Pee Wee. He was a dream of a collaborator and a consummate professional that always ended up gaining the trust of every legend he ever worked with. Ellis will never be forgotten and we will continue to see and hear the mark that he left on this world until the end of time. May you Rest In Peace, Pee Wee. Thank you for all the memories.
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David Liebman wrote
I am truly saddened by Pee Wee’s passing. He was a true musician, not afraid of being classified as funk, or jazz or whatever. Writing “Cold Sweat” for James Brown was not easy. (James was reputed to be a bit difficult!) Pee & I met at a club called Rapsons on the CT/NY border /1 pic.twitter.com/oLNGT95OCq
— Dave Liebman (@Dave_Liebman) September 24, 2021
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