Jazz at The Kreeger

In collaboration with Elijah Jamal Balbed, The Kreeger Museum is honored and thrilled to present Jazz at The Kreeger, a series that furthers our mission to share music across the city. Now in its third year, this series supports and spotlights the wealth of musical talent in our metropolitan area.

Save the date for upcoming Jazz at The Kreeger concerts!

April 20, 2024
May 18, 2024
June 15, 2024

Elijah Jamal Balbed Quartet
feat. José Andre

Saturday, April 20th | 3:00pm–4:00pm

This performance is now sold out. Please contact education@kreegermuseum.org to be added to the waitlist. Thank you!

Elijah Jamal Balbed - Saxophone / Flute

José Andre - Piano

Steve Arnold - Bass

Kelton Norris - Drums

Tickets now include admission to Museum galleries and Sculpture Garden. Ticket-holders may enter the Museum through the front entrance beginning at 1:30pm to view the galleries before the performance begins at 3:00pm. A limited number of 'pay what you can' tickets are available. Please email education@kreegermuseum.org for more information.

In the event that you must cancel your reservation, please email education@kreegermuseum.org as soon as possible so we can offer your seat to someone else. Refunds will only be issued for cancellations made more than 24 hours in advance.


About the Artist

Elijah Jamal Balbed is native of the DMV area and 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 (2013) and Best New Jazz Musician (2009) by the Washington City Paper and has been featured in various publications such as WBGO, The Washington Post, Capital Bop, and Smithsonian Magazine. Elijah has performed, recorded, and/or toured with Lauryn Hill, Fantasia, The Tenptations, The Blackbyrds, Winard Harper & Jeli Posse, Patti Austin, Angelique Kidjo, Dr. John (RIP), George Duke (RIP), and legendary Go-Go artist Sugar Bear. Elijah performed with The Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown from 2011 until Mr. Brown’s passing in 2012. During his participation in the Artist-in-Residence program at Strathmore 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, Elijah has also 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). In 2021, Elijah performed at the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival (#PAPJAZZ) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti with Trinidadian Steel Pan player Josanne Francis. Elijah currently performs and tours with Saxophonist Mike Phillips, The Chuck Brown Band, & Doug E Fresh. 

When Elijah is not traveling, he dedicates his time at home to education and passing down the knowledge he's learned to the younger generations who haven't had the chance to connect with the masters of this music the way Elijah has been fortunate to.

For more information go to www.ejbjazz.comwww.jogoproject.com or follow on Social Media @ejbjazz @thejogoproject.

Elijah plays Syos Mouthpieces and Schagerl Saxophones, and uses MEE Audio In-Ear Monitors.

This project is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.