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Dave Ellis is an American saxophonist.[1][2] A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ellis came to prominence in the 1990s as a member of guitarist Charlie Hunter's band. Ellis has since been known for his work with Bob Weir after the breakup of the Grateful Dead[3] and with flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny.[4]

Dave Ellis
Associated actsCharlie Hunter, RatDog, The Other Ones, Zoë Ellis

Ellis has recorded albums as a bandleader. His State of Mind album (2003), is his second recording produced by Orrin Keepnews and won a 2004 award for Outstanding Album from the California Music Awards.[5]

Dave and his sister Zoë Ellis have collaborated as an act called ZADELL.[6]


  • Raven (Monarch, 1996)
  • In the Long Run (Monarch, 1998)
  • State of Mind (Milestone, 2001 [rel. 2003])

With Black Crowes

With Charlie Hunter

With The Other Ones

With Bob Weir and RatDog


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Dave Ellis: Biography and History", AllMusic. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  2. ^ Bryant, Forrest Dylan (January 4, 2005). "Dave Ellis: Of Jams and Jazz", All About Jazz. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  3. ^ Hedlin, Mark (July 11, 2003). "Berkeley Sax Star Back from the Dead: Despite Rock Interlude, Dave Ellis Remains Faithful to Jazz Roots", San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  4. ^ Knobel, Lance (April 8, 2016). "The It List: Five Things to Do in Berkeley This Weekend", Berkeleyside. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  5. ^ "Tenor Saxophonist Dave Ellis at Filoli Jazz", NPR, 2007. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  6. ^ "ZADELL: Zoë and Dave Ellis - Buoyant Jazz Sax Meets Funky R&B Vocals", Brown Paper Tickets. Retrieved July 30, 2018.

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