John Geggie - bass
Steve Boudreau - piano
Roddy Ellias - guitar
Michael Hanna - voice
It’s safe to say that no one will emerge from this global pandemic unchanged. Time, isolation, and the break from normal habits and routines affects us all. Musicians have been affected more than most people—unable to get before audiences and stressed over the long-term impact this crisis will have on the music scene as we’ve known it. Join host James Hale in conversation with four of Ottawa’s most distinguished musicians: guitarist Roddy Ellias, bassist John Geggie, pianist Steve Boudreau, and vocalist Michael Hanna. They’ll delve into issues regarding creativity and the art form of jazz, and each musician will perform a solo work.
About the Artists
Steve Boudreau is an Ottawa-based pianist who specializes in jazz and popular music. He currently teaches piano lessons out of his home and as part of Carleton University's Music Performance program. In 2010 he received a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory, in Boston. He has performed and taught across North America and parts of Europe, and has performed as both a leader and a sideman at various Canadian jazz festivals.
Guitarist and composer Roddy Ellias combines a deep relationship with both classical music and jazz in his composition, improvisations and interpretations of jazz standards. He’s performed and/or recorded with numerous jazz giants including Lee Konitz, Tom Harrell, Joel Frahm, and David Liebman. He has also toured with his own projects throughout Canada and the United States.
As a free-lance double bassist and composer, John Geggie has appeared on festival stages across Canada, the United States, Norway, France and Germany. In Ottawa alone, John has performed at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, Ottawa Folk Festival, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Music and Beyond Festival, the Canada Dance Festival and Bluesfest. He is greatly in demand as a versatile musician and creative composer both in Canada and internationally. He is currently on faculty at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam (NY), Carleton University and at the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau.
Michael has performed on various stages in North America, Canada and Japan. With a notable collaboration of first-class musicians in Ottawa, the vocalist has arranged the ‘Michael Hanna and Friends’ series at the Ottawa and Merrickville Jazz festivals; performed in several appearances at the NAC Fourth Stage, the National Gallery of Canada and Centrepointe Theatre.