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Chart positions

This show was 12th in the global funk chart, 16th in the global jazz chart and 25th in the global soul chart.


FRI. 23RD SEPT. 2022
SAT. 24TH SEPT. 2022


APRIL 21, 1941 – September 23, 2021

Pee Wee Ellis • The Spirit Of Christmas
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Derek T.
Derek T.

Excellent show. Thanks for sharing. It was nice to hear Fred Wesley.

The Soul Preacher

Thank you much Derek.


All I need now is a table for one at Ronnie's and a Margareta and life would be perfect......must have been an unforgettable experience to celebrate the life of such a remarkable musician together with all his compatriots & followers - thanks for sharing this.

The Soul Preacher

Thank you! Pee Wee Ellis was the musician's musician. I'm still discovering his art.


Also known as 'the Man Who Invented Funk'; this was indeed a fantastic & diverse selection of tracks honoring a giant whose far-reaching legacy will continue. Many thanks TSP & Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club !!

The Soul Preacher

Thank you! The performing artists (many of them from his first band at Ronnie Scott's) were fantastic, too. Here's how the the legendary Jazz Club introduced the shows in advance:
"Pee Wee first appeared at Ronnie’s in 1992, fresh from a tour with Maceo Parker, with what would be, the first incarnation of the Funk Assembly bands with Jason Rebello, Mark and Michael Mondesir. Since then, he has appeared regularly until his final appearance on the Ronnie’s stage in February 2018.

Come and celebrate his life and music with us.

Pee Wee Ellis April 21, 1941 – September 23, 2021

We pay tribute to the man, the music and the playing with four special, celebratory shows, and what better way to celebrate the life and music of the great funk innovator Pee Wee Ellis than at Ronnie Scott’s with the musicians who worked with him and who loved him. Join key members of the legendary Pee Wee Ellis Assembly plus fabulous musicians and friends from the UK scene at this iconic venue, Pee Wee’s British musical home from home, to remember his amazing career of more than 60 years as trailblazing composer, arranger, producer, band leader and inspirational saxophonist.


The band will include GARETH WILLIAMS keys; LAURENCE COTTLE bass, TONY REMY guitar , MARK MONDESIR drums plus horns from GARY WINTERS trumpet and TBC tenor sax.

Guests to include Huey Morgan, Ian Shaw, Clare Teal, Jason Rebello, Denny Ilett, Josh Arcoleo, James Morton, Dennis Rollins + more surprise guests to be announced later.

Alfred James Ellis, later known as Pee Wee, joined James Brown’s band in 1965 and stayed until 1969, writing 26 songs with him. With his jazz and Brown’s R&B funk was born and their collaboration produced hits like Cold Sweat, Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud, and Mother Popcorn. He would then go on and collaborate with George Benson, Hank Crawford and Esther Philips. Another ‚funk‘ standard written by Ellis was The Chicken, famously recorded by Jaco Pastorius.

He would go on to be Van Morrison’s musical director and horn arranger and tour with him for over 20 years before his own group Funk Assembly was formed worked consistently from 1992 onwards.

He leaves behind a wealth of compositions, pioneering funk, a sound and playing that has influenced decades of other players and above all, memories of a lovely man.

Kevin Le Genre will be compering the evenings.

Late Late shows will follow the second shows with Tomorrow’s Warriors Biggish Band performing and DJ sets from the Soul Preacher."

The Soul Preacher

Photo of Pee Wee Ellis by The Soul Preacher (2018)

The Soul Preacher

This is my second set from both nights:
01 Pee Wee Ellis & James Brown (live at the Apollo June 1967) - Cold Sweat
02 Pee Wee Ellis & The James Brown Band - Funk Bomb (instrumental)
03 Pee Wee Ellis & Diazpora - Rollin’
04 Pee Wee Ellis & James Brown - I Got The Feelin’
05 Pee Wee Ellis with Gotham (aka The New York Street Band) - Use It Or Lose It
06 Jim Laurro and His Orchestra feat. Pee Wee Ellis - Jive Train (Pee Wee’s first recording from 1957)
07 David Liebman & Pee Wee Ellis - Children Of The Ghetto
08 Hank Crawford - It’s A Funky Thing to Do (written by Pee Wee Ellis)
09 Salt-n-Pepa -Step (sample of the previous track, TSP edit)
10 James Taylor Quartet with Pee Wee Ellis & Fred Wesley - Theme From Starsky And Hutch
11 Pee Wee Ellis (Blues Mission) - Zig Zag
12 Pee Wee Ellis with Esther Phillips - Home Is Where The Hatred Is
13 Pee Wee Ellis with Leon Thomas - Let's Go Down To Lucy’s
14 The J.B. Horns - I Like It Like That
15 Pee Wee Ellis with James Brown at the organ - Pee Wee's Groove in „D"
16 Pee Wee Ellis with Esther Phillips - Use Me
17 Pee Wee Ellis (Home In The Country 1977) - This Is Just A Warning
18 Pee Wee Ellis (Sound Stage Single) - That Thing
19 Pee Wee Ellis (A New Shift) - I'm So Tired Of Being Alone
20 Walter "Wolfman" Washington & The Roadmasters - Glasshouse
21 Pee Wee Ellis (King Single) - The Rabbit Got The Gun (produced by James Brown)
22 James Brown feat. Pee Wee Ellis - Come On In The House
23 Brass Fever with The Jones Girls & Pee Wee Ellis - Time Is Running Out