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On October 16th saxophonist, composer, and Washington, DC native Elijah Jamal Balbed will play a concert in Vologda.
An alumnus of Howard University's legendary Jazz program, Elijah has been named Artist of the Year (2016), Best Tenor Saxophonist (2013) and Best New Jazz Musician (2010) by the Washington City Paper, and has participated in residencies at the Kennedy Center (Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead), Strathmore, Bohemian Caverns, and a month-long stint at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in Doha, Qatar.
In 2011 he began performing with the "Godfather of GoGo", Chuck Brown, and became a part-time member of the band. Through working with Mr. Chuck Brown, Elijah developed a passion and love for Go-Go and has a band dedicated to combining elements Jazz and Go-Go musics called The JoGo Project.
In 2013, he participated in the Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency program in which he worked with Craig Handy, Marc Cary, Carmen Lundy, Peven Everett, Nate Smith, and the late Dwayne Burno.
Over the last decade, he has established himself as a versatile saxophonist, having performed with artists ranging from Nicholas Payton, Winard Harper, and Cyrus Chestnut, all the way to Lalah Hathaway, Eric Benet, The Blackbyrds, and Dr. John.
Elijah won a WAMMIE Award for the Best Go-Go Song in 2019.
The concert in Vologda City is organized with the support of the US Embassy in Russia and the Russian Embassy in the USA.