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Concerts for Young Audiences: The JoGo Project

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Concerts for Young Audiences: The JoGo Project

Saturday, April 18, 2020 11:00 AM

Young Audiences in the REACH

JoGo Project is a funk, Hip Hop, and jazz ensemble based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to preserving and promoting D.C.'s indigenous music—Go-Go. Formed in 2014 by D.C. native and saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, JoGo is known for high-energy performances, strong vocals, and one of the baddest percussionists around. Bring your dancing shoes and a towel—you'll need it! And don't forget, Jazz + Go-Go = JoGo.

Price

$15.00

Venue

Studio F

Run Time

Running Time: TBA

About

JoGo Project is a funk, Hip Hop, and jazz ensemble based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to preserving and promoting D.C.'s indigenous music—Go-Go. JoGo was formed in 2014 by Elijah Jamal Balbed, a D.C. native and saxophonist who performed with The Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown from 2011 until Chuck's passing in May of 2012.

JoGo continues in the tradition of Chuck Brown by keeping the jazz elements prominent in the music. Known for high-energy performances, strong vocals, and one of the baddest percussionists around, JoGo will have you on your feet and sweaty by the end. Bring your dancing shoes and a towel—you'll need it! And don't forget, Jazz + Go-Go = JoGo.

Elijah Jamal Balbed
Saxophonist, educator, and composer, Elijah Jamal Balbed is one of the premiere Jazz Artists in Washington, DC. With two self-released albums, Elijah has been named Best Tenor Saxophonist (2017) and Best New Jazz Musician (2012) by the Washington City Paper. An alumnus of the legendary music program at Howard University, Elijah has since established himself as a versatile musician playing various different styles and with many different bands. Elijah is currently studying Upright Bass at the University of District of Columbia with legendary Bassist Steve Novosel, while teaching at Suitland High School for the Visual & Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts. In addition to Straight-Ahead Jazz, Elijah has a deep love for DC’s indigenous music “Go-Go,” and won a WAMMIE Award for the Best Go-Go Song in 2019. Elijah was fortunate to perform with The Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown from 2011 until Mr. Brown’s passing in 2012. Now Elijah leads The JoGo Project - a Jazz / Go-Go fusion band dedicated to promoting and preserving the legacy of DC’s unique art form. For more information go to www.elijahjamalbalbed.com, www.thejogoproject.com, or follow on social media: @ejbjazz @thejogoproject

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