Ellis White’s democratic approach to performing is in full effect during his live shows, where he shines the spotlight on the other talent on stage with him. This energy is on display via prominent lead lines, solos and tandem melodies with other players. Some songs begin with the rhythm section jamming prior to the sax or Ellis’s guitar coming in for a few solo bars before the trumpet begins doubling with one of them and the rest of the band kicks in. The variety and unexpected surprises are part of the fun and appeal.
Some of the cover tunes that go over well with audiences include Rick Braun & Richard Elliot’s “Q It Up”, Ronnie Laws’ “Always There”, George Duke’s “It’s On” and Michael Jackson’s “Shake Your Body”.
The unique and hipster origin story of how Ellis White’s longtime Jacksonville, FL based contemporary urban jazz ensemble, Catch The Groove, got its name says it all about the veteran guitarist’s dynamic and infectious vibe and approach to contemporary jazz.
International Billboard Recording Artist, Ellis White, offers Contemporary Jazz & Blues performances focusing on original compositions while blending in top genre cover arrangements. He performs for festivals, jazz venues, municipal events and private functions. His sound incorporates diverse music backgrounds incorporating flavors of Smooth Jazz, Blues, Latin, Funk and R&B which comes through in his music featuring multiple lead instruments as opposed to a singular focus. When Ellis and company hits the stage they do so with high energy, soulful and sensual magic!
Ellis White has performed at festivals that included artists such as Spyro Gyra, Marion Meadows, Bob Baldwin, Chris Godber, The Rippingtons, Blake Aaron, Euge Groove, The Yellowjackets, Maysa, The Commodores, Chick Corea and many more.