JUNIUS PAUL COLLECTIVE
in residence at The Hideout
Tuesdays December 6th, 13th, and 20th
Born and raised Chicago bassist JUNIUS PAUL, cornerstone rhythmist for world class leaders such as Makaya McCraven and Roscoe Mitchell, leads ensembles of his own for 3 sure-to-be-magic nights at The Hideout this December.
Each Tuesday, Junius will assemble his ensemble from a protean collective of friends and collaborators – some of whom he tapped over 4 International Anthem presented/recorded shows earlier this year (incl. Isaiah Spencer, Tomeka Reid, Jim Baker, Rajiv Halim, Shanta Narullah, Scott Hesse, Irvin Pierce, Corey Wilkes, Justin Dillard, Vincent Davis). As with those, these 3 Hideout performances will be recorded, and the finer moments will be culled for future release on International Anthem. Don’t miss a chance to witness history in the making!
Live Electronic Ambiance from the Hendricks Lemonade Stand
December 6th – MAKAYA MCCRAVEN
December 13th – ELIJAH JAMAL
December 20th – BEN LAMAR GAY
Saxophonist and composer Elijah Jamal Balbed is a native of Washington, DC currently residing in Queens, NY. Elijah has been named 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 most recently a month-long stint at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in Doha, Qatar. 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, Kirk Whalum, and even the New Orleans jazz/funk legend Dr. John. Elijah is best known for having worked regularly with the late, great, Godfather of Go-Go music, Mr. Chuck Brown for about a year until Chuck’s passing.
“Once the city’s Best New Jazz Musician, he’s evolved into the Hardest Working Man in Washington. (Suck it, Obama.)”
-Mike West, Washington City Paper
In 2012, Elijah released his debut album “Checking In”, the title track awarding him a semi-finalist slot in the International Songwriting Competition (2012). The same song is also used as a jingle on WPFW, the only radio station in DC dedicated to jazz. On International Jazz Day of 2015, Elijah released his second album – an homage to the DC jazz scene and community, this one entitled “Lessons From the Streets”. Both albums were named among the best jazz albums their respective years by Capital Bop, the leading jazz publication in DC.
In addition to jazz, Elijah is equally dedicated to the preservation and advancement of Go-Go music (Washington, DC’s indigenous style of music). Through working with Mr. Chuck Brown, Elijah developed a passion and love for Go-Go and even has a band dedicated to combining elements Jazz and Go-Go musics called The JoGo Project. The band has been highly acclaimed in DC and the surrounding areas, having performed at venues such as Strathmore, the Kennedy Center, and festivals such as the Funk Parade, H Street Festival, and Art All Night, to name a few. Collaborations have included Frank Sirius, Christie Dashiell, Warren Wolf, Greg Boyer, R&B artist Cecily, tap dancer Joseph Webb, and rapper Javier Starks. This group now maintains a monthly residency at Club Bonafide in NYC, bringing the sound of DC to the Big Apple!