Composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist, music educator, and lecturer on creative process, Lisle Ellis has been active in his field for most of five decades. In that time he has performed and recorded across the globe with some of the most renowned musicians of our time and his work can be heard on more than sixty CD recordings.

Ellis has been invited to teach world wide, including being a guest lecturer at institutions such as Amherst College, The Bucharest Conservatory of Music, Full Sail University, Mills College, St. Francois Xavier University, Vancouver City College, and York University. He was a faculty member of the University of California San Diego's Summer Jazz Camp for nine years. As well, his class on creative process, 'Cultivating Creativity', was presented for three consecutive years at U.C.S.D.'s Department of Humanities. 

In his native Canada, Lisle Ellis was the first recipient of the prestigious Fred Stone Award — named after the former Duke Ellington band member — presented annually to a musician who has demonstrated integrity and innovation.