Storyville Records

Chavers, Elliott

ELLIOTT CHAVERS a Saxophonist, Jazz and Blues Vocalist has enjoyed a career spanning 4 decades with credits reading like the Rhythm 'N Blues Hall of Fame.  Chavers sultry sax has propelled hits to the national charts three times with "Butter Beans", Fool Fool Fool, "Rock My Soul. Elliott began his career in music at the tender age of thirteen in Waco Texas. By fourteen, he was playing in Nightclubs.  Elliott's career was launched. Elliott, arrived in Los Angeles in 1950 from Waco Texas to explore the Jazz scene.  Finding "Jazz" a job and making a living was a complicated matter, as Elliott says in Texas all music is the same, in other words you played all styles from Jazz to Country to Western. In order to survive he was called upon to join the Rhythm and Blues gigs, which he recorded over 100 records under his name.  He was the Band Leader at the Infamous 5-4 Ballroom in Los Angeles during the entire 1960's/  He has performed with:  Just to name a few:  Sam Cooke, Clyde McPhatter, Lloyd Price, Jimmy McGriff, Roy Milton, Percy Mayfield, Jimmy Reed and many others. Elliott has always been known for his "Big Texas Tenor" sound, but it was quite by accident that his singing career began.  While appearing with Sam Cooke in Phoenix Arizona, Sam was late, there was no one else in the band that could sing.  "Elliott stepped up to the mike and a star was born. Trying to name the Musicians and Bands that he has been associated with is just too numerous to mention. His travels to Europe and throughout the United States has generated CD's and DVD's that are examples of his live performances.

Recordings

Elliott Chavers: The Return Of A Legend

Texas born and raised, Elliott Chavers was 20 years old and already playing tenor sax professionally for 6 years – by the time he hit the flowering LA rhythm and blues scene in 1950. Elliott’s singing talent was revealed by accident one night on the road with Sam Cooke, when the famous singer showed up late for a gig. Today, Chaver’s classic “tough Texas tenor” style – rhytm and blues tinged with jazz feeling and blended with LA urban blues – is as vibrant and virile as ever. This CD – with Chavers playing and singing his own compositions backed by a band of top California blues veterans – should be ample proof. If you’ve never heard Elliott Chavers before, you’ll soon discover why this session truly is “The Return of a Legend”.