Pee Wee Ellis to front Amrod Brothers at free Bearsville concert

Pee Wee Ellis (photo by Hollis King)

The Bearsville Theater presents a free concert with the Amrod Brothers featuring Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis on Sunday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. Pee Wee Ellis played with the James Brown Revue from 1965 to 1969. While with Brown, he arranged and co-wrote hits like “Cold Sweat” and “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud.”

In 1969 he returned to New York City. He worked as an arranger and musical director for CTI Records’ Kudu label, collaborating with artists like George Benson, Hank Crawford and Esther Phillips. In the late 1970s Ellis moved to San Francisco and formed a band with former Miles Davis sideman David Liebman. Between 1979 and 1986 he worked with Van Morrison’s band as an arranger and musical director, and then again from 1995 through 1999.

The Bearsville Theater is located at 291 Tinker Street in Woodstock. For more information, visit



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