Carleton’s Roddy Ellias Receives a 2013 Jazz Heroes Award

Carleton University invites the media to celebrate jazz guitarist Roddy Ellias, associate performance faculty member and recipient of a 2013 Jazz Heroes Award.  Ellias received the award from the New York-based Jazz Journalists Association (JJA). Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte and a number of local jazz luminaries will attend and Carleton students and faculty will perform several of Ellias’s pieces during the celebration.

“Roddy’s presence looms large in the Ottawa and Canadian jazz communities,” said James Wright, associate professor and supervisor of performance studies at Carleton’s School for Studies in Art and Culture.  “A musician’s musician and a passionately committed music educator, he has few peers.  For both Carleton students and faculty, it’s an incredible luxury to be able to work with an artist of Roddy’s stature.”

The composer, guitarist and educator was the only Canadian on the list of 25 distinguished North American jazz figures who received this distinguished honour.

JJA Jazz Heroes are activists, advocates, altruists, and aiders and abettors of jazz who have had significant impact in their local communities. The awards, made on the basis of nominations from community members, are presented in conjunction with the JJA’s annual Jazz Awards honouring significant achievements in jazz music and journalism.

Where: Carleton University, Baker’s Grille on the 4th floor of the Unicentre

When: Tuesday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Speeches will begin at 5:40 p.m.


For more information
Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
(613) 520-2600, ext. 8718
(613) 240-3305

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