Sidney Ellis

Sydney Ellis

"One of the Premier Jazz and Blues
voices on the scene today"


Entertainer-Singer-Songwriter
Classic Jazz, Blues, Gospel Spirituals 


“The blues is not the creation of a crushed-spirited people,
it is the product of a forward-looking, upward-striving people.”
Albert Murray 1916-2013

Sydney Ellis and her
Midnight Preachers
Bamberg Blues Festival 2013

Sydney Ellis and her Midnight Preachers

New CD July 2011
"Sydney Ellis ~ Live!"
Just Before Dawn"

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E-Mail: Sydney@SydneyEllis.com
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...on the road,
Sydney's international schedule

Black Wallet Records
Sound bytes and CD info

Photo Gallery

 

New Music Video
"Was It A Whisper?"
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Sydney Ellis
DSL Video Presentations
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Sydney Ellis

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Touring and
Performing History

Sydney Ellis and her
Midnight Preachers

Sydney Ellis

Sydney Ellis
In Concert 2012

Rudlof Mazac Big Band
"Kentonmania" with special
guest Sydney Ellis"

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My Funny Valentine

In The Stone

What A Wonderful World

Black Wallet
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Career History

Sydney EllisSydney began her singing career in the Los Angeles area when, on the day after her 44th birthday, in 1991, she got her nerve up and climbed up onto a session stage.

The dream comes true. Since then, her singing has blossomed into an obsession for what Sydney calls, her "Cultural Heritage" , or "African-American Folk Music" . The rest of the world calls it "Blues, Classic Jazz, Gospel, Spirituals, New Orleans Jazz & Blues, R & B, Chicago Blues, & Kansas City Blues". This obsession has taken her in 3 short years from the Los Angeles area to Europe.

Since 1995, Sydney has performed over 1,000 concerts in 25 countries. Scheduled venues for 2011 include; Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Austria. Past years have given Sydney the opportunity to perform in Spain, France, Danmark, Belgium, Liechtenstein Luxembourg, Norway, Georgia, Finland, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Tunisia, Croatia, Slovakia, The Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland, The Czech Republic, Sweden, Italy, and Ireland.

Watch out for a new CD from Sydney this year........

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Sydney Ellis
French Language
Bio

Sydney Ellis
Spanish Language
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Sydney Ellis
German Language
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Italian Language
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Live Performance Information

Sydney Ellis in FrankfurtSydney draws from a repertoire' of about 200 songs by about 50 different singers and artists. Dinah Washington, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Sippie Wallace, Ann Rabson, Bessie Smith, Jeannie Cheatham, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner, ZZ Hill, Willie Dixon, Lou Rawls, Jay McShann, Earl Thomas, Louis Armstrong, Woody Herman, Delbert McClinton, Reverend Gary Davis, and a host of standards that could be attributed to people like Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr. or even Tony Bennett.

E-Mail: Sydney@SydneyEllis.com

To Sydney 's Schedule, "On The Road"........  



Black Wallet Records

Click here for sounds samples from each of Sydney's CDs.

"Just Before Dawn"

"Just Before Dawn" is Sydney's 5th CD. Recorded live while on tour in Europe with her "Yes Mama Band" in the Autumn of 2010. "Just Before Dawn" captures "That" live feeling and excitement perfectly. The instrument line-up is: drums, e-bass, guitar and for the first time organ. The two original songs, "Just Before Dawn" and "Was It A Whisper?" are supported by a selection of blues songs most blues listeners will be familiar with. Throughout this live performance Sydney shows that vocal strength and power she has become famous for. The band is tight and expressive. Eleven songs, eleven different grooves and feels.
"Just Before Dawn" BWP1008A
JumpFor Joy
Fishin' Trip
Oh Yeah ~ part 1
Stormy Monday Blues
Troulbe In Mind
I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home
Was It A Whisper?
You Gotta Move
Oh Yeah ~ part 2 "The Sequel"
See Lyin' Woman
Tired Of That
Just Before Dawn
I've Got My Mojo Working
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"Tug River"

Sydney's 4th CD, "Tug River", released in January 2003, draws from Sydney's live performances. Recorded live in the studio on Sydney's 55th birthday, many of the songs on the Tug CD are songs Sydney has been performing live for most of her singing career. Songs from Willie Dixon, Preston Foster, McKinley Morganfield, Elmore James, Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham, Edward Ellington, Rev. Gary Davis, Jimmy Reed plus one original from Sydney. Instrumentation for the recordings are: piano, contra bass, drums, guitar and tenor sax.
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Twenty Nine Ways
Spoonfull
Shake Your Money Maker
I've Got To Use My Imagination
Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On
Great Change Since I've Been Born
Tug River Blues
I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues
Rollin' & Tumblin'
You Hurt Me
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Just Like I Treat You
I've Got My Mojo Working

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"Ask A Woman Who Knows"

1998 started with the release of Sydney's third CD, "Ask A Woman Who Knows". Recorded live in the studio in The Netherlands, it focuses on slow blues, slower blues, ballads and torch songs. Subtlety and sophistication. Songs from Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Nina Simone, Ann Rabson, Lou Rawls. This CD features Hollis Gilmore on tenor sax whose contribution and sound will some day be legend. Piano, contra bass and drums fill out out the rest of the band.
"Ask A Woman Who Knows" BWP1004AAsk A Woman Who Knows CD
This Bitter Earth
In The Dark
Ask A Woman Who Knows
Don't Explain
Willow Weep For Me
Lover Man, Oh Where Can You Be
Teach Me Tonight
Another You
You Don't Know What Love Is
Nobody's Fool

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"Amazing Grace"

Sydney's second CD, "Amazing Grace", recorded live in the studio in Munich in 1995 is a collection of Gospel and Spirituals. Recorded with the concept of a "Blues Band and Blues Singer", performing Gospels and Spirituals, or to coin a phrase, "Holy Blues". Also features Hollis Gilmore on tenor sax.

Amazing Grace CD"Amazing Grace" BWP1003A
Didn't It Rain
Precious Lord
Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
Nobody's Fault But Mine
Walk All Over God's Heaven
Motherless Child
Canaan Land
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Yes, God Is Real
He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
Trouble Of The World
Amazing Grace

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"Goin' Home"

In 1994 Sydney released her first CD, "Goin' Home". Recorded live in the studio in the Los Angeles area. The CD has eight originals and three cover tunes. This being her first CD and knowing that she would be gauged, categorized and labeled by this CD, Sydney deliberately wrote a wide range of styles in her original songs. Slow Chicago, New Orleans romps, slow New Orleans Blues, standard jumps, New Orleans street cadence, and Graveyard Blues that could best be called a "Blues Spiritual" with only Sydney and bass.

Goin' Home CD"Goin' Home" BWP1002A
Summertime
Bitch With An Attitude
Graveyard Blues
Piece Of Crap
The Blues Have Got Me Again
Trouble In Mind
Cryin' The Blues
Nobody's Fault But Mine
Fireplace Blues
Ain't As Bad As You Think
You Won't Do Right

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Personally

The gratitude that Sydney expresses everyday is directed to the music and the people who have come to see over the years. The music has given her that "Obsession" that only a few people get to experience in their lives. The support the people have given her has allowed her the opportunity make friends from all over the world, to travel and see places that many only dream of. "Lucky" cannot begin to describe the way she feels about what the music and the people supporting her and her music have given her.

Personal History

Sydney 1993Born in Red Jacket, West Virginia in 1947. Sydney grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where she married and had five children. She is now married for the second time (27 years and counting) and has four granddaughters and three grandsons and one great-granddaughter. Sydney currently lives in a very small village in Germany where she maintains her European office and enjoys the quietness and privacy between road trips and tours.


To Sydney Ellis Photo Gallery



To Sydney 's Schedule, "On The Road"........
  


Click here for sounds samples from each of Sydney's CDs.

E-Mail: Sydney@SydneyEllis.com

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