Take a step back to a moment in time when men were "men." Smokey after hours clubs filled the air with whiskey burnt hoodlums and free livin' dolls... and from the dim lit alleys of the city, the sounds of jumpin' jazz and raw blues could be heard above the roar of the local underground dice game... welcome to the other side of the tracks. Ellington Hawk lives, breathes, and bleeds music from the soul with a beautiful combination of railroad blues, sultry jazz, and old time rock n roll.
Ellington Hawk is Americana music; a Rock & Roll approach to Jazz, Blues and Folk. The Rockin' cool groove is created with deep, baritone vocals and growling saxophone. Although the musical influences seem vast, Ellington Hawk strips down the songs to their raw roots making them easy to listen to and appealing to all ears. The music and live performance touches the soul on it's sensual journey through the songs. In the spirit of "Sinatra's Rat Pack", the passion of Johnny Cash and the settings of a prohibition era "Speakeasy", Ellington Hawk's sexy, exciting and heartfelt delivery creates a retrospective mood helping the audience forget about the stresses of daily life and enjoy the moment.
Current band line up:
Saxophone & Vocals
Obie Hughes (Founding and former member of Rumble King 20 years, former member The Rave-On's, currently plays with Abby Girl & The Real Deal, special guest sax player for Reverend Horton Heat, Nick Waterhouse, The Moontones)
Charles Glenn (formerly of Little Richard 20 years, former Motown recording artist and touring artist with Ozone, Billy Preston, Luther Vandross, Tina Marie, Debarge..)
Joe Perez (formerly of Big Sandy & The Flyrite Boys, also The Ripem Ups, Deke Dickerson, Hobo Jazz, The Blue Suedes...)
Geoff Gurrola (current and founding member of Mercy Bros.)
Band leader Obie Hughes:
With over 20 years experience performing, saxophonist/vocalist Obie Hughes has embraced a full and exciting career in music.
Former original member of the renowned American Roots Rock n Roll band Rumble King, Obie has recorded five full length
albums, several singles and an award winning short film music video with the group. He has shared the stage as the opening act for
legendary artists such as Chuck Berry, BB King, Kenny Loggins, Joe Cocker, James Brown, Lloyd Price and many more.
Through the years Obie has maintained working relationships with a countless number of musicians, nightclub owners and casinos,
including over a decade with Disneyland Entertainment... and now Obie has created Ellington Hawk.
His first venture as a solo artist and band leader.
Obie also performs regular with soulful, rhythm & blues band Abby Girl & The Real Deal and is the guest Baritone Sax player for The Reverend Horton Heat, Nick Waterhouse, as well as the Moontones.
Ellington Hawk is available for hire as a solo artist, a trio, quartet or quintet.
Also available is a full cabaret show
"The Ellington Hawk Show" includes:
The Ellington Hawk Trio
Opening acoustic act
& Burlesque or Swing Dancers
All venues day or night:
Night clubs, bars & restaurants, wineries, casinos, fairs, festivals, corporate functions and private parties.