Jazz Duo:  Jeri Brown and Roddy Ellias
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Jazz Duo: Jeri Brown and Roddy Ellias @ Ottawa International Jazz Festival - NAC Fourth Stage

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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"Montreal jazz diva Jeri Brown is an amazing woman with an amazing voice and, most of all, an amazing heart." - Hour - Montreal (Canada) - Hour - Montreal


"...big voice, big range, gymnastic singing techniques, sophisticated singer."- The Toronto Star - Toronto Star - Toronto


"Brown uses her voice with a rare sensitivity to jazz phrasing; by turns sweet and sassy, it is always focused and pure in tone. A little torch, a little bop: a lot to like." - Tim Sheridan, All Music Guide - All Music Guide


"A modern standards singer with an approach somewhere between classic and experimentalist." - Richard Cook and Brian Morton, The Penguin Guide to Jazz - The Penguin Guide to Jazz


"Brown's voice is so compelling, delivered with such a stunning blend of musicality and expressiveness, that the content of the songs fades in importance. She could, to paraphrase the classic phrase, sing the telephone book and make you remember every number." - Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles Times


"shimmering musicality” Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen - Ottawa Citizen


“… from the start (Ellias) delivered insightful solos treading the inside/outside line, and demonstrated a huge set of ears capable of picking up on virtually everything that the others threw his way. By midpoint in the set he was on fire, swaying in his chair as he delivered soulful and energetic solo after solo, and began to toss back a few quips at Smith, who acknowledged him gratefully throughout the set.” John Kelman, All About Jazz, June 2007 - All About Jazz


“Exquisite … a most thoughtful soloist … the kind of subtlety you don’t often hear … anywhere.” Mark Miller, The Globe and Mail - The Globe and Mail


“Built sonorities handsomely from subterranean (or submarine) beginnings … intriguing” – Arthur Kaptainis, The Montreal Gazette - Montreal Gazette


“A heartening example of renewed vitality in Canadian jazz.” – Alan Kellog, Edmonton Journal. - Edmonton Journal


Discography

Jazz Duo: JERI BROWN and RODDY ELLIAS are releasing their first duo album in Spring 2010.

JERI BROWN is a 6 time Juno nominee and has a rich discography with Justintime Records spanning from 1991's release of MIRAGE up to 2008's NEW WONDERLAND. Jeri Brown has performed or recorded with such musicians as Leon Thomas, John Hicks, Grady Tate, Kirk Lightsey, Betty Carter, Ellis Marsalis, Erik Truffaz, David Murray, D.D. Jackson, Billy Hart, Kenny Werner, Pierre Michelot, John Betsch, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Fred Hersch, Tony Suggs, Michel Donato, Winard Harper, Chico Freeman, Joe Lovano, Cyrus Chestnut, Dr. Billy Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Avery Sharpe, Rufus Reid, Gerry Gibbs, Seamus Blake and Jimmy Rowles.

RODDY ELLIAS 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.

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JERI BROWN:
Through her rich and accessible professional career, Jeri Brown has earned a reputation as one of jazz's most outstanding "artistic" vocalists. She is focused, ambitious, daring and intent on creating music that is both well conceived and honest. Brown is well known for performing and recording with passion and dedication. Committed to the legacy of vocal jazz, her performances fill the historical spectrum of classic American songbook themes, original jazz compositions, and contemporary world themes with intense vocal improvisations, and include collaborations with diverse, legendary jazz artists. www.JeriBrown.com

RODDY ELLIAS:
Roddy Ellias is a unique guitarist and composer whose work spans both jazz and classical music. His playing and writing 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. www.RoddyEllias.ca