|Elan Trotman (USA) - saxophone |
Saxophonist Elan Trotman has emerged as an exhilarating force in the world of contemporary jazz. As a composer, performer, teacher and recording artist, Elan excels in every setting. Elan has been the recipient of the award for Best Jazz Male at the New England Urban Music Awards in both 2008 and 2009. His playing, though inspired by Arturo Tappin, Grover Washington Jr and Kirk Whalum, features his own tone and fresh ideas. Born and raised in Barbados and educated at Berklee in Boston, Elan approaches jazz in his own way. Blending Caribbean rhythms from his roots with skillful horn textures, his playing is full of surprises. Elan states, "I donít want to limit myself to the usual format. I stretch out, take chances, and add an edge to my solos. I enjoy the genre and the concept but I also break some of the rules because that's how I play live, bringing all of my different influences into the music." Both inspiring and impressive, Elan's music is never predictable. Elan has recorded and performed with such notables as Roberta Flack, Brian McKnight, Nathan East, Najee, Don Grusin, Peter Gammons and major league baseball pitcher and guitarist Bronson Arroyo.