Presented by OLG

Roddy Ellias with Richard Page and Chris Pond

Sun, Jun 16, 2024


Roddy Ellias - guitar
Richard Page - bass clarinet, flute
Chris Pond - bass

Roddy Ellias: Acoustic Jazz Beyond Borders

“Like the best of artists, Ellias knows how to make space a sound of its own.” Jazz Weekly

Canadian jazz guitarist and composer, Roddy Ellias brings five decades of unique and compelling music to the world. With an eclectic approach that defies simple classification , Roddy has developed an innovative guitar style that intricately melds classical, African and Brazillian musical ideas within a deep tradition of jazz.

“A composer of extraordinary talent … His creativity is so obvious, that it is at once both styartling and inspiring” Dr. Steve Kinigstein, Just Jazz Guitar

His musical journey began at the age of five, when he started improvising on his grandmother’s piano. Decades later, he continues to explore new musical possibilities, developing his unusual composition and playing approach.

From the early days at Uncle Charlie’s Chicken and Ribs Jazz Joint to performing for the Queen of England to creating a unique chamber jazz opera with puppets, Roddy has carved a musical space for himself unlike any other. Along the way, he’s also enjoyed performing with many of the greats, including Lee Konitz, David Liebman, Cleo Lane, Tom Harrell and Nat Adderley.

“Pensive, folky beauty.” Brad Faberman, Downbeat Magazine“

At the age of 75, what keeps Ellias going is the sheer joy of reaching people through his recordings and performances, of making their experience as magical as he can.

“I’ve had this album on repeat for weeks and I am obsessed with it.” David Reed, Belleville Intelligencer (Moon Over Lake)

Roddy’s latest albums are “Moon Over Lake” (solo guitar) and Postcard (quartet featuring Felicity Williams, Jim Lewis and John Geggie).