Nick Ellman

Saxes & Clarinet + Horn Arr.

Nick Ellman on SoundBetter

I play to serve the music. From touring internationally to studio sessions with world-class musicians, I'm here to arrange and record horns to add the flavor you've been looking for.

Tasteful horn parts will make everything else sound better.

As a composer, producer and arranger, I'm always listening for the best ways to support, reinforce and elevate a song no matter the style or genre.

I can deliver a fat, tight and powerful saxophone section (Bari/Tenor/Alto) or a breathy, beautiful one. I'm just as comfortable playing soulful, melodic parts and solos as I am wild, shredding ones. You might want a memorable clarinet trio- it's not my secondary instrument, I actually play clarinet and sometimes prefer it. I also have a horn section on my team to bring in more horns as needed.

Some live performance highlights for me are playing with Sturgill Simpson on Late Night, with my horn section at the Bonnaroo Superjam, and my original music with Naughty Professor around the world (most recently in China and across Spain).

As much as I love playing for a live audience, I thrive in my recording studio. I get a thrill from creating something that will last forever and I'm very meticulous about my contributions to a song. I can't help but put the same amount of care and attention to detail in every project I work on.

After playing music for over 20 years, I've finally got the right studio gear to confidently deliver top-notch, professional quality arrangements and recordings.

Send me a message through the 'Contact' button above and let's get to work!

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AllMusic verified credits for Nick Ellman
  • Rickie Lee Jones
  • Tom Hambridge
  • Blinddog Smokin'
  • Galactic
  • Eric Lindell
  • Naughty Professor
  • Naughty Professor
  • Naughty Professor
Bustin Out (feat. Bootsy Collins) by GRiZ

I was the bari sax player and co-wrote the horn parts in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Maceo Parker
  • The Daptone Horns
  • Tower Of Power Horns
Gear Highlights
  • Universal Audio Apollo Twin
  • Mojave MA-200 Large-Diaphragm Tube Condenser Mic
  • Shure SM7B Cardiod Dynamic Mic
  • Cascade Fathead Ribbon Mic
  • Selmer SBA Bari Sax (Low 'A')
  • Saxgourmet Super 400 Tenor Sax
  • Selmer SBA Alto Sax
  • Buffet R13 Bb Clarinet
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  • New Mic!May 19, 2021

    I recently invested in a Mojave MA-200 microphone and WOW! I love the way it picks up the full body of all my horns. This is a large-diaphragm tube condenser mic and the tube inside takes about 10 minutes to warm up before each use... the sound capture is gorgeous. Very excited to work on new projects with this beautiful piece of gear!