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Most Recent Castaway - 2nd October, 2015
Ellen Seeling (2015)

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Wisconsin-born Ellen Seeling is a multi-talented trumpeter, bandleader, recording artist and educator.

Ellen had originally wanted to play drums and violin, but eventually settled on trumpet, doubtless influenced by her father, himself a trumpeter. He was also a jazz buff, so that's how she got into Duke Ellington and Count Basie, Charlie Parker and Dave Brubeck, and their ilk.

After Indiana University, where she became the first woman to receive a degree in Jazz Studies, Ellen went on to New York City. There she began performing and recording with a diverse group of musicians, including Luther Vandross, Sister Sledge, The Temptations, Slide Hamilton, Paquito D'Rivera and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band.

In 1989, almost a decade after Ellen and saxophonist Jean Fineberg had formed the fusion band DEUCE, they made their cross-country migration to the Bay Area, and it was here in 1998 that they co-founded the Montclair Women's Big Band.

Ellen is currently teaching at UC Berkeley and the California Jazz Conservatory (formerly the Jazzschool), also in Berkeley. She founded and co-directed the Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp at the conservatory.

Ellen is a tireless music advocate, forever blasting away at the glass ceiling in jazz.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Deuce Deuce Partly Sonny Redwood Records
# 2 Montclair Women's Big Band Montclair Women's Big Band Caravan Pivotal
# 3 The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band Central Park North The Groove Merchant Solid State
# 4 Miles Davis Sketches of Spain Saeta Columbia
# 5 Mimi Fox Standards Old and New 500 Miles High Origin
# 6 Montclair Women's Big Band Montclair Women's Big Band River's Invitation Pivotal
# 7 Freddie Hubbard Hub-Tones Hub-Tones Blue Note
# 8 Deuce Windjammer Coulda Woulda Shoulda Pivotal
Book Malcolm Gladwell, "Blink"
Luxury Item "CDs: trumpet-player CDs, big-band CDs"