Ellwood Epps

  • Toronto (Ontario, Canada), 1976
  • Composer • Performer (trumpet) • Improviser

Ellwood Epps (Montréal/New York City) is an improvising trumpet player, and one of the leading lights of Canada’s creative music scene. He has performed with Steve Lacy, William Parker, Josh Zubot, Henry Grimes, Le Quan Ninh, Joe McPhee, Butch Morris, John Butcher, and Marshall Allen, and appears on more than 50 recordings. He has appeared internationally at the Stone, CBGB’s, The Jazz Gallery, the Guelph, Vancouver, Halifax, and Toronto Jazz Festivals, FIMAV, Festival of New Trumpet (NYC), Earshot (Seattle), Suoni Per Il Popolo, and the Off Festival de Jazz (Montréal). Ellwood currently focuses his energy on two groups: the longstanding Pink Saliva (an electric band with Michel F Côté and Alexandre St-Onge) and the acoustic Land of Marigold, with violinist Josh Zubot; Land of Marigold has just completed a 10-concert coast-to-coast tour of Canada.

Ellwood is active in Montréal as a concert presenter; in 2008 he co-founded the space L’envers, where he is artistic director, as well as co-founding and co-directing the weekly Mardi Spaghetti series. Collectively these two organizations present 150-200 concerts each year. He also teaches privately and at the Studio d’Improvisation de Montréal.