Roddy Ellias Free Spirit Ensemble featuring Kellylee Evans


  • Roddy Ellias - guitar, compositions
  • Kellylee Evans - voice
  • Marc Copland - piano
  • Petr Cancura - saxophones, mandolin
  • Richard Page - bass clarinet
  • Chris Pond - bass
  • Jose Garcia - percussion
  • Jean Martin - drums

Monday June 27th 7:00 pm @ National Arts Centre - Fourth Stage

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His music has been described as "unapologetically beautiful" (All About Jazz) and his creativity "both startling and inspiring" (Just Jazz Guitar). A passionate improviser, Canadian jazz guitarist and composer Roddy Ellias is an artist whose work defies simple definition. His musical journey has taken him from his early roots in pop and R&B bands and classical music, to the improvised world of jazz, through African and other world beats all the way to writing an opera, and everything in between. Along the way he's performed with some of the great names in jazz, from Lee Konitz to David Liebman to Joel Frahm and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Fresh from a brand new recording of nine original songs, featuring Juno award-winning vocalist Kellylee Evans, pianist Marc Copland and seven close musical friends, Roddy and the Free Spirit Ensemble bring these songs for the first time before a live audience. *We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

COVID Policy

The Ottawa Jazz Festival will align its Covid policy with any government safety regulations whether from civic, provincial, or federal authorities as they arise. At the moment (May 29th), there are no advisories mandating precautions for wearing masks or showing vaccination certificates for any festivals or indoor/outdoor performing arts events.

However, it is our practise to ask patrons, staff, and volunteers to wear masks while attending performances at indoor venues and wearing masks while outdoors in the Park is optional.

In addition, we will be going cashless at all our points of sale this year.

Our concern is everyone’s health and safety, naturally. Please do what’s best for you and makes you feel comfortable, except for masks indoors, you are free to do as you choose.

Catherine O’Grady

Executive Producer

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