Friday Night Live Jazz at Eastern Market Metro Plaza Features Elijah Balbed – Jazz/Go-Go Artist – 5:00p – 6:30p
by Larry Janezich
Posted: October 8, 2021
Elijah Balbed, who performs tonight at Eastern Market Metro Plaza, has been named Best Tenor Saxophonist and Best New Jazz Musician by the Washington City Paper, and has had several media features including Capital Bop, Smithsonian Magazine, OnTap Magazine (now District Fray), and The Washington Post.
Elijah and his band the EJB Quartet were the winners of the 2020 DC Jazz Prix for their performance of Elijah’s “The Karma Suite”.
In addition to Jazz, Balbed has a deep roots in DC’s indigenous Go-G0 music. In 2014, he founded The JoGo Project – a Jazz / Go-Go fusion band dedicated to promoting and preserving the legacy of DC’s unique art form. Since then, the band has become one of the only Go-Go bands today consistently writing and producing original music.
The schedule for the rest of the month includes performances by Zach Cutler, October 15; Amy Bormet, October 22; and Imani Grace-Cooper, October 29.
CM Charles Allen provided $150,000 in the current FY’s budget for programming for the Plaza for the next 12 months.