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Roddy Ellias

One of Canada's most respected guitarists, Roddy is equally at home with contemporary new music, jazz, or classical repertoire. His dynamism as an artist and his consistent pursuit of harmonic and melodic adventure have made him a consummate musician. Known for his energetic performances and his thoughtful renditions of both new and existing works, he continues to surprise and delight his audiences. Last year he set the stage on fire in a series of duets with other guitarists, including Vic Juris, Gene Bertoncini, Lorne Lofsky, and David Occhipinti, showcasing his versatility and his generosity as a performer. Roddy's eclectic tastes in music and his wildly varied musical influences are reflected in the scope of his compositions

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

Once again, the chronic health problem that has reduced my writing pace to a crawl continues without any respite. My best of the year lists have traditionally been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, but with only a relative handful of reviews to choose from this year (and with those choices, more than ever now, ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Ottawa JazzWorks Jazz Camp And Composers Symposium, August 13-19, 2018. Register now!

Ottawa JazzWorks Jazz Camp And Composers Symposium, August 13-19, 2018. Register now!

JazzWorks is a jazz camp for adults and talented youth. There’s still time to register! Call us now at 613-523-0316 to find out more. Join us as we celebrate 25 years in jazz education! The JazzWorks Jazz Camp is a great way for singers and instrumentalists to learn jazz theory and technique from innovative ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018

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2018 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival Multiple Venues Ottawa, Canada June 21-June 26, 2018 For its 2018 edition, the 39th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival faced a number of significant logistical challenges. First, Confederation Park, which has traditionally been the location of its large, outdoor venue, a food court and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

ECV: Sticks and Stones

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While a somewhat common secondary instrument for primarily electric guitarists including Vic Juris, Pat Metheny and Adam Rogers, there are but a handful of jazz six-stringers alive today who make the nylon-string acoustic guitar their main axe. Despite being known to pick up a warm-toned hollow body electric guitar when the need arises, jny: Ottawa, Canada-based ...

Sticks and Stones

Label: Kwimu Music
Released: 2017
Track listing: Folksong; Requiem; Waves; Hymn; Sonnet; Nardis; Sticks and Stones; Nostalgia.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival Ottawa, Canada June 23-26, 2017 Amongst the most significant challenges that face any festival is, as the gray and no-hair crowd continues to age, finding ways to cultivate and grow a younger audience. But when you're a Canadian festival, another major challenge is a simple fiscal fact: most ...

Monday's Dream

Label: Kwimu Music
Released: 2014
Track listing: Little One; Shuffle Boogie; Too Far; The Lopsided Robot; Chorale; Calm; Big Bass Song; Somewhere Under the Rainbow; Evening Sky Dance; Monday's Dream.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014, Days 7-9

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Days 1-2 | Days 4-6 | Days 7-9 Anat Fort / Susanna Torben Waldorff Wah Wah / Norma WInstone Partisans TD Ottawa Jazz Festival Ottawa, Canada June 20-July 1, 2014 For the last three days in Ottawa before heading to Montréal for five days of the Festival ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roddy Ellias Trio: Monday's Dream

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Since returning home to Ottawa after spending much of his adult life as an associate music professor at Concordia University in Montréal, Roddy Ellias may have retired but he's far from slowing down. Retirement's just a word, but for this extraordinary guitarist it's clearly been a liberating one; based on Monday's Dream, his first recording since ...


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