DC Jazz Festival Livestream to Feature the EJB Quartet on 4/20

Mike Lawson • News • April 9, 2021

The EJB Quartet performing live at last year’s DCJazzPrix Finals at Union Stage – Photo Credit: Antonio Diggs

BALTIMORE, MD – DC Jazz Festival announced plans for The EJB Quartet to perform at An die Musik Live! on April 20 at 7pm.

More details from DC Jazz Festival (www.dcjazzfest.org):

Join DC Jazz Festival as we take in a live-streamed performance from reigning DCJazzPrix Champions The EJB Quartet at An die Musik Live! on Tuesday, April 20th at 7 PM EDT. The Quartet consists of saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, pianist Mark G. Meadows, bassist Eliot Seppa and drummer Kelton Norris.

Bandleader Elijah Jamal Balbed is one of the premiere Jazz Artists in Washington, DC. Winner of the 2020 DC Jazz Prix Competition, Elijah has also been named Best Tenor Saxophonist and Best New Jazz Musician by the Washington City Paper, and has been featured in various publications such as Capital Bop, Smithsonian Magazine, OnTap Magazine (now District Fray), and The Washington Post. In addition to Jazz, Elijah has a deep love for DC’s indigenous music known as Go-Go. Elijah performed with The Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown from 2011 until Mr. Brown’s passing in 2012. In 2014, Elijah founded The JoGo Project – a Jazz / Go-Go fusion band dedicated to promoting and preserving the legacy of DC’s unique art form.

Over the last decade or so, Elijah has established himself as an International Artist having performed in Japan, the United Kingdom, Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha (Qatar), and on the Capital Jazz Cruise which has taken Elijah all around the Caribbean Islands. In 2018 and 2019, Elijah led cultural diplomacy tours in Russia on behalf of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg, sponsored by the Forum for Cultural Exchange (FCE). Most recently Elijah performed and did educational workshops at the 2021 Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival (or #PAPJAZZ) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti with Trinidadian Steel Pan virtuoso Josanne Francis. When Elijah is not traveling, he dedicates his time at home to education and passing down the knowledge he’s learned from performing, touring, and recording for a living.

For more information on the DCJazzPrix international band competition and to apply for this year’s finals before the April 27th deadline please visit: https://dcjazzfest.org/dcjazzprix

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