EJB Wins Saxophone Cutting Contest 

A few weeks back, the Capitol Hill Jazz Jam held it's 3rd Saxophone Cutting Contest. The judges were all veterans of the DC jazz scene and remarkable saxophonists -- Marshall Keys, Tedd Baker, and Davey Yarborough. Elijah had previously come in 2nd place in the contest, but this time around he came in 1st! Here is "Isfahan" by Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn, which Elijah performed for the Ballads round of the contest.
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZzZgT_1H_Q

Thanks to Aaron Myers, Herb Scott, Michael…

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My Chuck Brown/JoGo Project Story 

This past week I was fortunate to talk with George Washington University student Lupita Hernandez about my experiences playing with the late, great Chuck Brown, and how that led to the creation of The JoGo Project.

 
  1. What inspired you to start the JoGo Project?

    I grew up in Silver Spring, one of the closest Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. Growing up, even outside the city, you kind of always heard Go-Go music around. I sort of knew what it was because my mom grew up in DC proper and she is a…

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All Musicians Should Have a Hashtag 

Here's a quick promotional tip to ALL of my artist friends. Many of you do this already, but most of you don't ;-)

WHY SHOULD I CREATE A HASHTAG?

-Easy way to brand yourself
-Generates hits (llikes, follows, etc.)
-Links all posts with the same hashtag together (so the more unique the hashtag is, the better. But don't make it too tricky...)
 

CREATE A HASHTAG!

It should be short, sweet, memorable and representative of your brand. For instance, the one I use to represent my brand is #‎ejbjazz, and I use #‎ej

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FB Post: Billie Holiday Tribute @ AMP 

What an honor it was to pay tribute to such an important figure in Jazz - Billie Holiday, with four of the best young vocalists in this area.

 

Integriti started the night off with a set ranging from jazz to blue grass, and even hinted at some Go-Go! The set represented Billie's music well, but the arrangements offered a lot of room for expansion and exploration. She even got the audience singing, and they didn't sound too bad!

Then Rochelle came on stage like a Queen, and we were her Knights. She led the…

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New Chuck Brown Band video: Lighters 




Hey everybody, hope you've enjoyed browsing my site thus far. If you look at my previous blog posts, they are more-so in article format rather than an actual "Blog". Well starting with this post, I wanted to create a more personal approach to the Blog section of my website. So here it is, enjoy!!

I'm a product of the 1990's, where rock music and hip-hop music were thriving, and much of it still had a lot of musical integrity. Groups ranging from Nirvana to Bone Thugs-n-Harmony to T.L.C., all of them were…Read more

Elijah wins "Jazzies" Award for Best Tenor Saxophonist  

Elijah is proud to announce that he has won a new award from the Washington City Paper (WCP)!

In 2010, Mike J. West (WCP, Jazz Times) named Elijah "Best New Jazz Musician" in the WCP's "Best Of" edition. The following year West decided to take the jazz awards concept a step further and created the "Jazzies", which consisted of a variety of superlatives that fit DC's jazz scene. Since then it has become an annual occurance, this being its third year. This year, Elijah was given the award for Best Tenor…Read more

Elijah pictured on Grammy website with Chuck Brown Horns! 

Earlier this month, the DC Chapter of the Grammy's held their annual holiday party, at the historic Howard Theatre. Elijah performed there with the Chuck Brown All-Stars (featuring Sugar Bear, Reesa Renee, and Lil Mo), and a picture of the "Horny Horns" was published in a blog post on grammy365.com.

​CLICK HERE to see the post.

Elijah named Strathmore Artist in Residence! 

 Every year the Strathmore seeks out 6 musicians to be featured as their resident artists for the year. Elijah was chosen as one of the 6! The program includes workshops, jam sessions, a mentoring program, and provides information on how to develop and make the best of your craft. The program will conclude with two concerts each month between January and June, and Elijah will be featured the month of MAY, with concerts on May 14th & 28th, 2014. CLICK HERE for more information.

International Songwriter's Competition Finalist 

Elijah was selected as a finalist and Honorable Mention  in this year's International Songwriter's Competition, for the title track off of his recent album, "Checking In". The song was chosen among 15 other songs, including compositions by Rene Marie, Lionel Loueke, Gregory Porter, and other major jazz artists. To see all the winners, CLICK HERE. Scroll down to see the finalists.

 

The Making of a Millennial Jazz Musician 

 After a succesful review of Wayne Shorter's early music at Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, Elijah was interviewed by Joann Stevens of the Smithsonian Institution (and the curator of Jazz Appreciation Month). The article was published on Smithsonian's online Blog "Around the Mall". CLICK HERE to see the article.