Bobby Ellis

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Bobby Ellis
Born (1932-07-02) 2 July 1932 (age 90)
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Instruments Trumpet

Bobby Ellis born 2 July 1932,[1] is a Jamaican trumpet player. He has worked with many reggae artists including Peter Tosh, Burning Spear and The Revolutionaries.


Born in Kingston, Bobby Ellis attended the Alpha Boys School which is famous for its musical alumni.[2] While at this school Ellis received tuition on the trumpet and flugelhorn. The school's music curriculum consisted of marches, waltzes and classical pieces which gave Ellis an extensive knowledge of timing, harmony and form. These factors have contributed to his work as a horn arranger for the Studio One. He also acted as arranger for producer Jack Ruby and was part of Ruby's studio band the Black Disciples, playing on Burning Spear's Marcus Garvey album and going on to tour as part of Spear's band for twelve years.[2]

In August 2014 it was announced that he would receive the Order of Distinction in October that year.[3]

Solo discography

  • Rent a Tile (2014)
with Tommy McCook
  • Green Mango (1974), Attack - Tommy & Bobby
  • Blazing Horns (1977), Grove Music - Tommy McCook and Bobby Ellis
  • Tommy McCook Featuring Bobby Ellis (2004), Attack
other collaborations
  • Bobby Ellis & the Professionals Meet the Revolutionaries (1977), Third World

With Herbie Mann


  1. "Mr Hornsman... Interview with Bobby Ellis". Retrieved 12 August 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Campbell, Howard (2014) "Trumpet Honours: Hornsman Bobby Ellis to receive national award", Jamaica Observer, 24 August 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014
  3. Campbell, Howard (2014) "Marcia Griffiths to receive Order of Distinction", Jamaica Observer, 7 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014

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