Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 7 to 10 p.m.
$3 entertainment charge for diners, $5 for non-diners
Reservations recommended

Roddy Ellias will be playing a month of Thursdays in May at Café Paradiso.

  • Roddy Ellias - guitar
  • Mark Ferguson - piano

Guitarist and composer Roddy Ellias began improvising on his grandmother’s piano from the age of six and started playing the guitar at age twelve. His music draws from so many musical influences it defies labels. Roddy has performed with and written music for many internationally acclaimed jazz and classical artists including Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Tom Harrell, Lonnie Smith, Nat Adderley, Cleo Laine, Pepper Adams, Anne Akiko Meyers, I Musici, the Montreal Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Michel Legrand and many more.

“Positively brilliant.” Bill McBernie, Planet Jazz

“… from the start (Ellias) delivered insightful solos treading the inside/outside line, and demonstrated a huge set of ears capable of picking up on virtually everything that the others threw his way.” John Kelman, All About Jazz

His current projects include a new solo CD to be recorded this spring, concerts and recording with the Walrus Guitar Quartet, a duo with flute virtuoso Guy Pelletier, a new ensemble with pipa, flute, harp, marimba and guitar, and the Roddy Ellias Trio. Roddy is also currently composing new music commissioned by Germany’s Meininger Trio, music for pipa virtuoso Yadong Gaun, as well as new music for his own ensembles. Professor Emeritus at Concordia University in Montreal, Roddy currently teaches part-time at Carleton University in Ottawa as well as privately and on Skype.

Mark Ferguson has over twenty years of experience in the music industry, working as a pianist, trombonist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator. He has performed with many of the world’s great artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Gil Evans, Nelson Riddle, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdink, Rosemary Clooney, Carol Channing, Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass, Holly Cole, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Funk Brothers of “Standing in the Shadow of Motown” fame, and the nine member world beat band Manteca.

Café Paradiso
199 Bank Street

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