Liberty Ellman Biography (Wikipedia)
Liberty Ellman (born July 17, 1971, in London, England, United Kingdom) is a jazz guitarist born in London and raised in the United States, beginning in New York City. In the early 1980s, Ellman’s family moved to California. Before leaving New York, Liberty attended Greenwich Village's progressive City and Country School.
In the 1990s, Ellman was associated with the M-Base musical scene active in San Francisco, California, where he played with Vijay Iyer, Miya Masaoka, Ledisi (Anibade), Steve Coleman Eric Crystal, EW Wainwright's African Roots of Jazz, Omar Sosa and D'Armous Boone Collective. He also worked with hip hop artists such as the Coup and Midnight Voices, performing opening spots for Pharcyde, Ice Cube, Devo, and The Stray Cats. During this time Ellman also composed for and performed with the San Francisco Mime Troupe. He released his debut album on his own Red Giant Records in 1997, and moved back to New York City the following year.
Since his return to New York Ellman has performed and or recorded with a host of stand out artists including: Joe Lovano, Myra Melford, Wadada Leo Smith, Butch Morris, Steve Lehman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Somi, Matana Roberts, Michele Rosewoman, Josh Roseman, Barney McAll, Okkyung Lee, Ben Goldberg and Greg Osby. In 2014 Ellman worked with Jason Moran as part of Luanda Kinshasa, a video installation by film visionary Stan Douglas. In April 2016 he was asked by John Zorn to perform a solo concert of a selection of Mr. Zorn's Bagatelles.