Herb was from Texas and had a great feel for the blues. Towards the end of his career he recorded with Duke Robillard, the founder of the group, A Roomful of Blues. Duke Robillard paid his farewells to Herb Ellis in an article in the March 2011 issue of Jazz Times.
Herb Ellis is probably best remembered as being the guitarist in the Oscar Peterson Trio (Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson). This was in the 1950s and was noteworthy not just for the great music they produced but because Herb was the only white member of the groups at a time when this was unusual.
Blues for Everyone
Flintstones Theme with Barney Kessel
Oscar Peterson Trio – Live in Italy with Roy Eldgridge, 1961 – (Herb’s solo is from about 3:27 to 5:48 minutes in the video)