Jazz Journeys: A Musical Tour Of In Spite Of Modernism With Elijah Jamal Balbed
Join us for a musical tour of In Spite of Modernism with local jazz artists. Each Sunday in March, during the run of the exhibition, a local musician will lead visitors on a jazz journey creating improvisational music in response to the artworks within the galleries. Roving jazz tours will start every 30 minutes from 2PM to 4PM. This program is free for all and presented in collaboration with Arlington Cultural Affair
Advance registration is not required.
March 20: Elijah Jamal Balbed
March 6: Sarah Marie Hughes
March 13: Frank Mitchell
About the Artist
Elijah Jamal Balbed is one of the premiere Jazz Artists in Washington, DC. He 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. An alumnus of the legendary Jazz Studies program at Howard University, Elijah has established himself as a versatile musician with several musical projects and interests. Elijah and his band The EJB Quartet were winners of the 2020 DC Jazz Prix for their performance of Elijah’s acclaimed body of work “The Karma Suite”.
In addition to Jazz, Elijah has a deep love for DC’s original music – 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. Since then, the band has become one of the only Go-Go bands today consistently writing and producing original music, having won the 2018 WAMMIE Award for “Best Go-Go Song”.
Between 2013-15, Elijah participated in residencies at The Kennedy Center (Jazz Ahead Program), Strathmore, Bohemian Caverns, and 202Creates. Currently, Elijah is a resident artist & instructor at Suitland High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Columbia Heights Education Campus, as well as the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Youth Orchestra.
Since then, Elijah has also established himself as an International Artist having performed in Japan, the United Kingdom, Qatar, and on the Capital Jazz Cruise which has taken Elijah all around the Caribbean Islands and given him the opportunity to perform with Mike Phillips, Lalah Hathaway, Eric Roberson, Jonathan Butler, Maysa, Raheem DeVaughn, Avery Sunshine, and many others. In 2018 and 2019, Elijah went on cultural diplomacy tours in Russia on behalf of the U.S. State Department. In 2021, Elijah traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to perform at the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival (or PAPJAZZ). Elijah maintains a full schedule consisting of performing, teaching, touring, and writing/arranging music.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Elijah started organizing concerts in parks and other public spaces in DC which came to be known as “JazzMob DC”. Elijah’s efforts were recognized with a full page spread in The Washington Post. For more information go to www.ejbjazz.com or follow @ejbjazz on social media!