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The best kept secret in music


"The Oregonian"

"Ellen has an arresting voice that allows her to deftly chart a course between blues shouter and jazz chanteuse." - John Foyston

"Southwest Blues Magazine"

Ellen Whyte has a good voice with lots of range. She can belt it out. There is a sort of hopeful cadence in her vocals that brings out a qulity to the lyrics. A nice touch." - Bill Fountain

"Blues Revue Magazine"

"Ellen Whyte's voice is silky smooth, seamlessly weacing a brocade of tasy fills with the lead guitarist along with the great rhythm section." - Ed Ivey

"Dennis Walker"

"I'm proud to say I have been able to work with Ellen Whyte on Several projects and have always found her to be, to my delight, an incredible singer and a complete professional. She not only sings like an angel, but brings her own styling and phrasing to every song that is completely individual. Thank God for Ellen Whyte who is one of the last few who can still sing blues and pop and jazz and still stand up on a stage and sing big band standards with the best of them. I consider my association with Ellen Whyte to be one of the most gratifying of my career. - Dennis Walker (Grammy Award winning producer) most noted for his work with Robert Cray, BB King, Ton

"Waterfront Blues Festival 2006"

"Ellen's a class act! Over the years she's turned in some of the strongest sets we've seen on our stages. It was great to have her in our lineup this year." - Peter Dammann

"Ellensburg Jazz Festival"

We have had Ellen at the Jazz in the Valley festival for two years and she was the first artist we asked to perform for both nights of the event. She absolutely knocked the socks off everybody at the festival and our patrons demanded that we have her back this year. And besides, she is one sweetheart of a person to work with. Her main goal every show was to make our festival a success." - Larry Sharpe

"Dick Waterman"

"Every time I hear Ellen Whyte, I'm amazed that she isn't a much bigger commercial success. She's a great vocalist, she chooses good material and she works really hard to connect with her audience. I hope that her hard work is rewarded because she's paid her dues." (Dick Waterman was Bonnie Raitt's manager for 19 years.) - Dick Waterman


"Different Point Of Blue" (1996) Amallegory Productions, Inc.
"Here and Gone" (1998) Amallegory Production, Inc.
"Standing At The Sunrise" (2001) Amallegory Productions, Inc.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Winners of the Cascade Blues Association "Muddy Awards"
2002, 2001, 2000, and 1997 Best Contemporary Blues Band (Inducted into the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame 2002)
2000 Best Female Vocals
Winner of the 1997, and 2002 Best Regional Northwest Recording
Performance of the Year 2002


Ellen Whyte is the "Neon Blonde of Blues!!" Ellen sings and plays rhythm guitar (and!) accordion. An accomplished musician, Ellen has tremendous stage presence, with vocals that range from soft and cool, to blasts of furnace tempered blues. Ellen is gaining national attention too. While visiting New York, she performed at the world famous Cotton Club in Harlem! Email Ellen
Jesse Schmunk grew up on the guitar and has years of experience coupled with a fresh edge of inspiration. With a solid command of the instrument and its vocabulary, his playing is a showcase of finesse and emotion.

Sonny Boyardee brings an impressive bass style and background to the band. Sonny has shared the stage with Koko Taylor, Charlie Musselwhite, Albert Collins and Robert Cray. He has toured extensively in Europe and in the States. Sonny has the pulse of the band in every note. Email Sonny
Alex Shakeri plays keyboards and harmonica. He's been performing for 15 years covering the range of styles from classical, jazz, rock, and blues. He breaks all convention with his unique style of performing. His playing stands out and is filled with textures and interesting patterns mixed together with a very percussive feel. Email Alex
Jay Lundell provides the driving backbeat that gives the band it's danceable sound. "Dr. Jay" brings a wealth of experience and variety to his drumming, moving between breakneck shuffles, slow moody ballads, and funky grooves with equal facility. Email Dr. Jay Lundell

Photos by Otto Phökuz

Come hear what you have always wanted to hear. For polished and inspiring music, it's a treat for your instincts, a reaction waiting to happen...REFLEX BLUE

For local bookings, Contact:
Ph#:(503) 657-9801 Fax#: (503) 557-3501

For Additional Information, Email Ellen Whyte