Bill White

Bill White

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Dave Ellis to discuss his new album State of Mind and his philosophy on creating jazz music. The product of two academic sociologists, it is no surprise that Ellis is keenly aware of the diverse and significant forces that shape his music. Parents, teachers, musicians, and now the great producer Orrin Keepnews have helped him discover and rediscover the joy in producing music.

Though Ellis’ current album, State of Mind, reflects a …