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A modern day pop artist and musical revolutionary, Pianist/DJ iconoclast, ELEW is making a substantial impression on the music world with a thunderous new style of pianism: an inspired melding of ragtime, rock and pop that he calls Rockjazz. And now he is combining the fire of Rockjazz keyboard brilliancies with the power of Djing with his visceral RJ/DJ Electro House sets.
ELEW has toured the world, recorded, and performed continuously with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Elvin Jones, Roy Hargrove, and Cassandra Wilson, among others. He won the 1999 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition, his mesmerizing piano theatrics even then hinting at the new musical paradigm he would one day create.
Now, in the jazz tradition of interpreting popular tunes of the day, much like Art Tatum and John Coltrane, ELEW has turned to rock, combining a guitarist’s approach to the piano with an explosively physical style of playing that would be at home in any arena. An imposing force even before he stands (not sits) behind the piano, ELEW is known for playing his instrument like an athlete plays a sport—going inside the instrument, testing the limits of his body, pushing through the pain and exhaustion….but never stopping.
As he continues to gain notoriety with his blistering renditions of infectious rock and pop anthems by Coldplay, The Killers, Nirvana, and more, he has broken free of the rigidly defined boundaries of the traditional jazz world and ultimately given birth to something wholly original. His relentless innovation and disregard for the musical status quo has shocked and angered the jazz world even as it has attracted the rapt attention and following of mainstream political, artistic, and cultural leaders from across the globe—including Donna Karan, Forest Whitaker, Leonardo Di Caprio, Gerard Butler and Naomi Campbell , among others—as well as netting the musician a historic performance at the White House itself. Learn more at www.ELEWROCKJAZZ.com.
ELEW’s albums—ELEW Rockjazz Volume 1 and 2 —are available for digital purchase on iTunes and Amazon.
ELEW toured with Josh Groban as a featured performer on the superstar vocalist’s “Straight To You” Tour in 2011. He produced "IANAHB" on Lil Wayne's most recent album I Am Not A Human Being 2
ELEW has now integrated Electro House DJing into his skillset and is set to become one of the most versatile artists to hit the World scene.