Elijah Michael

Elijah Michael, 13, is evidence that 21st century jazz can be adventurous, fresh, swing hard and that an exciting young modern guitarist can play memorable melodies and soulful grooves.  

Influenced by Russell Malone, Remo Palmeiri, Jacques Lesure, Mark Whitfield, Grant Green, Calvin Keys, Melvin Sparks, Roy Hargrove, and Ravi Coltrane among others, Elijah Michael seeks to combine rhythmic ideas, harmonic sophistication, spontaneity, soul, and blues into his own unique approach. He has studied under impressionistic modern jazz guitarist and composer Hristo Vitchev, a 2016 DOWNBEAT’s Critic Poll “Rising Star – Guitar”, contemporary jazz guitarist Ronny Smith as well as Brazilian guitarist Beto Rodrigues.

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