Pee Wee Ellis Funk Assembly with special guest Kris Deelane
Sep 21, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 7:00

$26 Advance | $30 At the Door

Pee Wee Ellis played sax in James Brown's band in the mid '60s and has played with many other legendary performers including Van Morrison.
Tonight he is joined by an all-star Portland rhythm section and it's going to be a night to remember.

Kris Deelane opens the show with a stripped down set of her funkiest songs.

This will be a partially seated show because you may need to dance.
Ticket sales ended Sep 21, 2017 7:00 PM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
Pee Wee Ellis played with the James Brown Revue from 1965 to 1969. While with Brown he arranged and co-wrote hits like "Cold Sweat" and "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud". In 1969 he returned to New York City where he worked as an arranger and musical director for CTI Records' Kudu label, collaborating with artists like George Benson, Hank Crawford and Esther Phillips. In the late 1970s he moved to San Francisco and formed a band with former Miles Davis sideman David Liebman, with whom he recorded "The Chicken."

Between 1979 and 1999 he worked with Van Morrison's band as an arranger and musical director.

In the late 1980s Ellis regrouped with some musicians he worked with during his time with James Brown to form the JB Horns. With Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker he recorded a number of albums that defined a version of jazz-funk. The group also toured in Europe. In 1992 he resumed his solo recording career. Ellis also appeared alongside Bobby Byrd in the J.B All Stars.

In 1995, showing the diversity of his musical interests and talents, Ellis played tenor sax and arranged the horns for the album Worotan, by Mali's Oumou Sangare, the so-called "Songbird of Wassoulou" and worked with many other artists on the World Circuit label including Ali Farka Toure, Cheikh Lo, Anga Diaz and renowned Cuban bassist Cachao.

His own group The Pee Wee Ellis Funk Assembly have continued to work consistently since 1992, and Ellis is always busy guesting with multivarious artists, arranging and recording both his own albums and as a respected session player and teaching.

Between 2009 and 2011 Ellis toured an African tribute to James Brown, "Still Black Still Proud", to much acclaim in both USA and Europe. Special guest in the project included Vusi Mahlasela, Maceo Parker, Cheikh Lo, Mahotella Queens and Ghanaian rapper Ty.

Since 2012 Ellis has been touring with the Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion, a quartet comprising Ellis, drummer Ginger Baker, bassist Alec Dankworth and percussionist Abass Dodoo.

Joining Pee Wee on this show at the Alberta Rose are:
Fred Ross vocals
Brian Foxworth drums
Ben Jones bass
Michael Elson keys
Jay Bird Koder guitar more >>>
Kris Deelane | 8:00 PM
Raised in suburban Los Angeles during the punk rock era, Kris' influences were diverse - from The Beatles and Neil Young to The Pretenders, X, and The Plasmatics (Wendy O. Williams was a favorite). The sense of righteous defiance coupled with a tragic flair resonated in her, and continues to inform her music, art and style.

With her nine piece soul band The Hurt, Kris is amping up her performances in and around Portland and the Pacific Northwest. A true road warrior with years of solid touring experience, Kris is keeping it local and in the moment with shows all over town. From The Alberta Rose Theatre to The Doug Fir, McMenamin’s Edgefield to Al’s Den at the Crystal and a standing residency at Laurelthirst Public House, she and the band are everywhere. They have recently performed at Oregon Country Fair, What The Festival, and Dixie Festival, and also opened for 3 Dog Night, and Martha Davis and the Motels.

Kris has performed with or shared stages with national artists such as Brian Wilson, Joan Jett, John Doe (X , The Knitters), Jill Sobule and Peter Yarrow. more >>>