Friday Night Live Jazz at Eastern Market Metro Features Elijah Jamal Balbed
by Larry Janezich
Posted April 21, 2021
The April 22 Friday night Live Jazz performance – 5:00pm to 6:30pm – at Eastern Market Metro Plaza features the return of award winning saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed – one of the premiere Jazz artists in the city.
Balbed and the EJB Quartet were the winners of the 2020 DC Jazz Prix for their performance of Elijah’s “The Karma Suite.” He has performed with a long list of legendary jazz artists including the Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown. He also performs internationally, in including Japan, the UK, Qatar, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico and Jamaica.
During the pandemic, Balbed organized a group of musicians to do pop up performances around the city. When regular performance venues were closed to them they turned to the parks and Metro Plazas to bring music to their fans.
Next up on Friday Night Live Jazz April 29: Joe Brotherton.
The concert series will continue through the end of October and comes to Eastern Market Metro Plaza through the efforts of Barracks Row Main Street and the Department of Parks and Recreation. CM Charles Allen secured funding for the artists.