Ham Jam House Concert
06/18/2016. 06/27/2015, 12/08/2012 and 06/30/2012
Ulrich Ellison will present a fine concert Saturday, June 18th, 2016, at 7:00 PM.
Ulrich Ellison - guitars, vocals
Sabine Ellison - bass, vocals, flute
John Nelson - drums
Winton Reynolds - keys
Bridgid Bibbens - violin
Ulrich Ellison was born and raised in Graz, Austria, though his ancestral
roots go back to Ireland. After paying his dues in the rich Viennese music scene,
a prestigious jazz scholarship enables him to settle in one of America’s musical
hot spots – Austin TX. While working at his MM at UT’s jazz department he won
three of the acclaimed Downbeat student awards. The diversity of the local scene
ranging from blues, salsa, rock, indie to singer/songwriter turns out to be the
perfect playground for developing a unique personal style. Ellison’s music is
based in the blues rock tradition, with psychedelic and celtic elements. So far
he has released three albums under his own name. His band, the “Ulrich Ellison
Trio” has been on two European Tours. He has been a featured soloist of the Austin
Pink Floyd show “Guess Who’s Pink” and the Austin Pops Orchestra. His sideman
credits include Texas blues man Preacher Keen, soul singer Nakia and grammy-nominated
songstress Abra Moore.
"Sabine Ellison - excellent bass woman"
-- Kurt Mittler
"She can play"
-- Alan Haynes
Born and raised in Austria, Sabine Ellison wasn't surrounded by a very
artist-friendly environment but somehow always wanted to paint, play music and
be creative. After graduation and a couple of years in the office working business
Sabine Ellison made a clear decision to move to Vienna in order to study jazz bass.
Soon she became a very active member of the Austrian blues scene, giving her talent
to various blues, ska, rock and rock'n'roll projects, as well as musical and theatre
projects. Other acts include Courtney Jones & The Funky Calypso Band, Rev. Frank
T.T., and Hannes Bartolot. In 2004 Sabine co-founded with Chris Curtis the surf'n'roll
band Bloo VooDoo. They sucessfully toured and played all over Europe. In August 2007,
she relocated to Austin, TX where she is keeping a busy schedule working with
Moving Blues, Ulrich Ellison and playing around Austin with different bands as a
The neighborhoods of East Flatbush and West Harlem in New York City provided the
musical backdrop for John at an early age. By age 10, John began playing drums in
African drum and dance ensembles while studying at Babatunde Olatunji's Center for
African Culture in Harlem. Performing in school bands later and singing with church
choirs John developed a solid musical foundation, won awards and gained noteriety.
Later, el john's studies came to include tutelage with drum set luminaries Alan Nelson a
nd Anthony Williams. In 1986 he began his professional career performing and recording
as a session player in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has worked with many artists since, among
them Thievery Corporation, Poi Dog Pondering, Victor Krummenacher, Federico Aubele,
Penelope Houston, and Benny Rietveld.
Well developed skills as a conguero/ bongosero in the finest Afro-Cuban traditions
as well as solid skills as a trap drummer distinguish John as a truly versatile and
well rounded percussionist.
John began working with Thievery Corporation in 1999 as a touring drummer, eventually
appearing on the 2002 release, Richest Man In Babylon and 2008's Radio Retaliation.
The progressive DJ styles of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton inspired John to explore electronic
production and DJ-ing on his own. el john Selector has established a loyal following and
an addictive new realm for musical exploration in the art of spinning and remixing records.
C. Winton Reynolds has been part of the San Francisco and Austin music scenes for 25
years. Winton began studying piano as a young boy while living in bRio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Much of his youth was spent traveling through Latin America and the various musical
styles of these countries are at the core of his musical personality. Reynolds combines
this experience with his classical and jazz training to create music with a worldly vision.
He performs with his own group in Austin and at festivals throughout the country. He also
performs regularly around Austin, TX with salsa and latin jazz groups Trio4mas, Tiburon
and The Brew. He has toured throughout the US and Canada as accompanist for Rounder Records
recording artist Carrie Newcomer.
Doors open at 7:00 PM and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$20 suggested admission donation
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!