Roddy Ellias has announced a new series of special concerts over the next five months at Café Paradiso.

Following his successful series of guitar duets in 2009, Roddy is back with a slightly more varied series, featuring guests:

  • Montreal singer Jeri Brown (January 23)
  • Montreal flute genius Guy Pelletier (February 20) (NOTE UPDATED DATE)
  • Toronto guitar wizard Lorne Lofsky (March 27)
  • Toronto saxophonist and composer Kirk MacDonald (May 8)

Tickets for individual shows are $20 per show and the series is $75 for four shows. They will be available at Café Paradiso as of January 8.

Winner of the 2009 TD Canada Trust Ottawa Internstional Jazz Festival Award of Distinction, Roddy’s music has been described as “exquisite” by the Canadian jazz author Mark Miller, “brilliant” by Bill McBernie in Planet Jazz, and  “genius” by legendary jazz saxophonist Bud Freeman. Roddy has performed and/or recorded with Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Tom Harrel, Nat Adderley, Jimmy McGriff, Red Norvo, Bud Freeman, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Cleo Laine, Johnny Dankworth, Guido Basso, Chelsea Bridge, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Michel Legrand and The Montreal Symphony.

His jazz and new music compositions have been performed and recorded by many renowned artists including American violin virtuoso Anne Akiko Meyers, Paul Bendza, David Mott, Chelsea Bridge, Jeri Brown, Kimball Sykes, Borealis String Quartet, Elizabeth Turnbull, and I Musici de Montreal and his playing and compositions have been recorded on the Posterity, Inner City, Unity, Justin Time, and Chandos labels.

Guitarists such as Steve Fisk, Justin Haynes, Mike Rudd, Jake Langley, and Brandon Bernstein, Matt Warnock and Duane Andrews have all studied under Roddy before becoming successful guitarists and educators themselves. After focusing on composing and teaching at Concordia University for almost two decades, Roddy is returning to the Canadian Jazz scene with renewed vigour, inspiration and ideas.