Pee Wee Death – Obituary News: American saxophonist Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis has died .

By | September 25, 2021

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 

PASSINGS: Alfred ‘Pee Wee’ Ellis
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 and I met at a club called Rapsons on the Connecticut/ NY border in the early 70s and made a promise to each other that when the dust settles (I had Elvin, Miles, etc to deal with while Pee Wee was doing a lot of studio work), we would form a band, which we did in the mid 70s. We moved to Mill Valley, found a backer who paid a salary, financed a van and generally supported us while we formed a band….it’s a long story but the upshot was Pee Wee with his wife Barbara and son Junior found a house boat for us to live in. I had always wanted to hang in the Bay Area after my first visit there in the early 70s with the Elvin Jones group and later Miles, taking part in a great club called the Keystone Korner. With vocals, a few classics (Tequila) and originals, the Ellis-Liebman Band hopefully worked its way towards stardom, which eluded us. The musical premise was that Pee Wee would be the funkmeister while I brought the Coltrane influence in. I really enjoyed living with the Ellis family….great people, good food and a lot of fun. I needed a break from the Apple and this west coast scenario was appropriate at that time. Pee would wait till the end of the day to write a chart for Esther Phillips for example….in a few hours and HAND WRITTEN!! Plus I learned a lot about space and sound through listening to and playing with Pee. For a minute it was the rock’n roll life!! Will miss you my brother. Our intended tour will be in the heavens.
(I could go on but read this interview which goes way beyond music.)


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