Ben Ellman

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  • Saxophonist
  • harmonica player
  • Producer

Ben Ellman is an American saxophonist, harmonica player, and producer most widely known as a member the New Orleans-based funk band Galactic, with whom he has made eight studio albums[1]. He joined the group in 1994, when they were known as Galactic Prophylactic. Ben also works as a DJ under the name Gypsyphonic Disko, where he mixes New Orleans style funk with klezmer, Eastern European and other exotic music.[2]


As a producer Ben has overseen Galactic’s recordings since 2007, and has produced artists such as Trombone Shorty, Stoop Kids, The Revivalists, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, The Soul Rebels, Big Freedia, as well as singer-songwriter Ryan Montbleau and rapper Lyrics Born. Ellman produced the Trombone Shorty album “Backatown”[3], which was nominated for a Grammy in 2010[4], and The Revivalists hit album “Men Amongst Mountains” , which included the single “Wish I Knew You” which went to #1 on Bilboard’s Alternative chart in 2015[5].

Other Pursuits

As a sideman Ellman has played on recordings by Harry Connick, The Afghan Whigs, Ani DiFranco, Theryl DeClouet, The Royal Fingerbowl and Cory Henry|Corey Henry[6]. In March of 2019, Galactic's members purchased the legendary New Orleans venue Tipitina's, making Ellman one of the club's owners.[7]


  1. "Galactic Biography".
  2. "Galactic saxophonist Ben Ellman's puts a new twist on bounce with funky mixtape".
  3. "Review: Trombone Shorty Backatown (Verve Forecast)".
  4. "Several Jazz Surprises In The 2011 Grammy Award Nominations".
  5. "THE REVIVALISTS Talk About Life In New Orleans, Their Third Album, "Men Amongst Mountains" And More!".
  6. "Ben Ellman | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  7. "Galactic's Funk Sound Finds Permanent Home In Legendary New Orleans Club".

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