Friday, October 15 - 8 to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 16 - 8 to 11:30 p.m.
Reservations recommended
Tickets: $20 (available in advance from Café Paradiso)

  • Vic Juris - guitar
  • Roddy Ellias - guitar

Guitarist Vic Juris began his professional ascent in the early 1970s through appearances and recordings with Phil Woods, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miroslav Vitous. He participated in the jazz fusion movement with the Barry Miles group and in duets with Larry Coryell.

His virtuosity and creativity in both acoustic and electric ensembles allowed him to quickly build a broad fan base. Vic has recorded and performed with an extensive roster of jazz greats, including David Liebman, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Peacock, John Abercrombie, Bireli Lagrene and Lee Konitz.

A master of fluid lyricism, subtle phrasing and engaging harmonies, Vic is especially well known for his seductive ballads. He's a prolific composer and recorded many of his previous works with the Steeplechase label. Mr. Juris is the author of Modern Chords: Advance Harmony for Guitar, published by Mel Bay in 2004. A dedicated music educator, he's on faculty at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and the Jazz & Contemporary Music Program at New School University in New York City.

Roddy Ellias was born in Quebec in 1949 and studied guitar and composition in Ottawa, Toronto, New York and Philadelphia. He completed a Masters in Music specializing in composition under the guidance of André Prévost and Massimo Rossi at the Université de Montréal. Since 1980, he has taught composition, guitar and improvisation at several Canadian universities and recently retired from  Concordia University in Montreal where he was an assistant professor and  the Graduate Program Director and headed the composition area. Roddy Ellias' compositions have been performed and recorded by many renowned artists including American violin virtuoso Anne Akiko Meyers and I Musici de Montréal. In addition to orchestral works and chamber pieces for various ensembles, he has written many pieces for solo guitar, guitar trio, and guitar with other instruments. He is also writing music for The Ottawa Guitar Trio, of which he is a founding member. As a performer Roddy Ellias is an accomplished classical guitarist and improviser. He has performed throughout Canada and the United States and in Europe.

Café Paradiso
199 Bank Street