Our roster of talented musicians for weddings and private events features some that are heavily active in the music scene of Washington DC, working to produce art and events that put a focus on the vibrant culture and community of the area. Here are some of the more recent examples of our artists’ work in the area:
Elijah has been fronting jazz ensembles and recording in the DC area, as well touring the world on his original music since graduating from Howard University’s jazz program. His productions and performances have garnered the attention of international jazz publications and critics, and he has numerous titles as finalist and semi-finalist in competitions, both in DC and abroad.
Most recently, Elijah has taken to public busking with pop-up performances around DC, promoting them under the hashtag #JazzMobDC.
When speaking to the Washington Post, Elijah describes the focus of the endeavor as simply “trying to mob the city with live music,” in a time when accessibility to music culture in the city is so seldom. By doing so outdoors in public spaces, he is able to maintain a safe atmosphere in spite of the pandemic, and by making the events free, is spreading the joy and expression evoked by the artform to those that otherwise may not have the ability to find it anywhere else.
Natalie Brooke and Iza Flo
IzaFlow was born out of DC artist Isabelle De Leon’s need to produce and perform her own music during a time of constant cover gigs and routine performance of music that wasn’t her own. By circumstance, she says, her recruitment of musicians to perform her original compositions yielded something not often seen in the musical landscape of the city: an all-female 6-piece ensemble, covering everything from hard-hitting rock to funk and hip-hop, under the moniker of Iza Flow.
A staple in the band’s aesthetic, EE artist Natalie Brooke’s keyboard prowess stands out in every of the tracks. While she has a strong roster of bands of her own, Iza Flo gives her an opportunity to challenge expectations for how an all-female band can rock a venue, and another outlet from which to musically express herself without worrying about promotion or PR. The band has risen to success on the merit of its own impactful brand, and has since performed at such notable DC locations as the 9:30 club, and even Union Station in a recent socially-distanced video promotion. Together, Natalie and the women in Iza Flo provide DC a rallying cry for equality in the industry, and give young women in the city a model for artistic identity that remains much needed on stages that are often dominated by men.
Ray Robinson and “U Street”
Ray Robinson has been schooled in the jazz and RnB culture of the city since he was a child, learning under the tutelage of teachers that had performed with such notable artists as Chuck Brown and Miles Davis.
Most recently, Ray has turned his music production towards atmospheric low-fi hip-hop instrumentals, all featuring the telltale crooning voice of his alto- and tenor saxophones. The release of “U Street” coincides with a period of yearning and nostalgia for anyone familiar with the nightlife and music scene of the city, unable to step into any of the historic area’s numerous venues. “U Street” carries a lethargic, airy vibe reminiscent of the serotonin-rich experience of strolling down the U Street corridor with either visions of the performance once has just enjoyed, or anticipation of that to come when reaching the destination. The reverb-drenched sax hook grabs you every time, eliciting a dance, a sway, a snap when it hits. Ray’s focus on capturing the essence of what it feels like to actively consume the content-rich art scene of the city provides that very experience itself, in a time where the nostalgia is still the most we may be able to enjoy.