Jazz guitarist who was a member of the Oscar Peterson Trio.
He was inspired to take up the guitar after hearing a performance of George Barnes on radio and, while studying string bass in college, a series of fortuitous meetings helped him launch his career.
In addition to his work with Oscar Peterson, he made a series of solo recordings with well-received albums like Ellis In Wonderland, Ellis Meets Giuffre, and Nothing But The Blues.
He was born in a suburb of Dallas called Farmersville.
He was inspired by Charlie Christian from his earliest music school days and dedicated his album, Thank You, Charlie Christian, to the jazzman.