NYC guitarist Vic Juris and Ottawa guitarist Roddy Ellias enthralled an almost-capacity crowd at Café Paradiso Friday night with a program of standards and one original ("Moon" by Ellias). Playing electric guitar with a restrained use of effects, Juris showed off an impressive dynamic and rhythmic range. He and Ellias on acoustic guitar moved over and under each other's lead with ease, supported and listened to each other, and never lost track of the melody.
The quiet audience included six well-known local jazz musicians as well as four younger local players, and there was lots of appreciative applause. There was also lots of laughter – particularly at the dueling Antonio Carlos Jobim anecdotes, as well as Paradiso owner Alex Demianenko's recounting of their sound check that afternoon.
The duo will play again at Paradiso Saturday night and promise some Juris originals on that night. There is a limited number of seats available, and tickets are $20.