To the Editor:
I wish to announce the passing on Oct. 26 of my good friend and collaborator Ellis J. Pough, whose nickname was “Ellis the Nazarene.” Ellis was a pianist and composer who I knew for over 35 years. He lived through some really hard times and was not rich financially but was intellectually rich. Ellis had a unique style of playing the piano using Egyptian modes and other special scales not used much in popular music. In my opinion, he was a true original who was not recognized due the politics in the music business. Ellis was my alter ego – just like Duke Ellington had Billy Strayhorn. I would frequently drive Ellis to the Monday night jazz jams at Local 802, which are sponsored by the Jazz Foundation.
In 2001, Ellis and I wrote a song together called “The Story’s Being Told” (see a thumbnail image below). I would like to share it with fellow musicians and members of Local 802; you can download the full sheet music at my site, http://www.jazzbonerecords.com/sheet.html. This tune can be used as a first dance at a wedding, or wherever a good love song or ballad is indicated.
— Stuart H. Tresser
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