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I amElan TrotmanContemporary Jazz Saxophonist
“A flurry of invention, with an equal dose of class, taste and hopefulness”~ Dave-Koz
“The magic of the Caribbean, the depth of studying the giants, the hip hop sensibilities of being under 40–all present in Elan“~ Kirk-Whalum
“Really Sexy – A cross between Michael Brecker and Stan Getz”~ Paul-Brown
“I equate the name Elan Trotman with refreshing, exciting and one of the most unique saxophone voices of our time”~ Najee
“Elan’s sound is wonderfully soulful and rugged, reminiscent of the great players from the ‘blues belt”~ Terri-Lynn-Carrington
“Elan has a great sound, energy, and a widespread approach to his horn“~ Gerald-Albright
Saxophonist Elan Trotman, has quickly become one of jazz’s most thrilling and emotive performers as he continues to stand out and push boundaries as a composer, performer, teacher and recording artist. Trotman’s playing, though inspired by Grover Washington, Jr., Kirk Whalum and Najee, displays his own fresh ideas and distinctive tone. So much so that the New England Urban Music Awards, and The Barbados Music Awards both named him Jazz Artist of The Year on multiple occasions.
Trotman is also the Executive Producer and host of the Barbados Jazz Excursion, a jazz and golf weekend getaway which brings over 300 music lovers to the island every Columbus Day Weekend. Past performers include Jeff Lorber, Javier Colon, Gerald Veasley, Brian Simpson, Althea Rene, Marcus Anderson, Peter White and Jeffrey Osborne. Elan is also the founder of the Never Lose Your Drive Foundation – a Non-Profit which directly funds the Headstart Music Program. Headstart Music provides FREE weekly instrument instruction to students ages 7-11 on saxophone, trumpet, flute, clarinet and percussion. In 2016, over $6,000.00 was raised at the Jazz Excursion Weekend and Golf Tournament. All proceeds go towards tutor salaries, instrument maintenance and supplies for the program.
Born and raised in Barbados, the native island of pop star Rihanna, and educated at the world-renowned Berklee College Of Music in Boston,Trotman approaches jazz in his own way. Blending Caribbean rhythms from his roots with skillful horn textures, his playing is full of surprises.
More About Elan Trotman
Double Take – 2016 #LiveandUncut – 2015 Tropicality – 2013 Love and Sax – 2013
Q:What is your internal experience when you feel REALLY connected to the music?
A:I love what I do. I have a job that allows me to uplift others while I work. There are very few things in this universe that have the power to move you emotionally and spiritually. I’m fortunate to experience the power of music every time I step on stage.