t Elijah Cole, Jazz Guitar
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  • Sat July 23, Sotto Restaurant, Washington, DC
  • Sun Aug 7, Duo with Brandon Woody, Baltimore, MD
  • Fri Aug 19, An Die Musik with Brandon Woody, Baltimore, MD
Elijah Cole
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The Elijah Cole Trio performs original jazz arranagements of Beatles tunes at an intimate house concert. 7pm, Saturday May 21st.
Very limited seating - Reserve yours now. Or watch online via Concert Window.
Saturday, May 21st in Garrett Park, MD, 7pm
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Previous Performances
7/23/16Sotto Restaurant, Washington, DC
7/22/16Private party, Arlington, VA
7/17/16Cedar Lane Unitarian Church (Capital Focus), Bethesda, MD
7/16/16Brandon Woody Quintet, Baltimore, MD
7/8/16Firebird Orchestra, Washington, DC
7/1/16Brandon Woody Quintet, Baltimore, MD
6/24/16Twins Jazz (Alex Hamburger Quintet), Washington, DC
6/18/16Sequoia Restaurant, Washington, DC
6/11/16Private party
6/10/16Sotto Restaurant, Washington, DC
6/02/16American Success Awards Banquet, Columbia, MD
6/01/16Local retirement home, Silver Spring, MD
5/28/16Crust Pizzaria (Capital Focus), Vienna, VA
5/27/16Sotto Restaurant, Washington, DC
5/24/16Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club (Jazz Academy), Betheda, MD
5/21/16Beatles House Concert, Garrett Park, MD
5/20/16Sotto Restaurant, Washington, DC
5/14/16Sotto Restaurant, Washington, DC
5/01/16Jazz Academy Concert, Silver Spring, MD
4/29/16International Jazz Day (Jazz Academy), Washington, DC
4/24/16Mothers and Daughters First Annual Tea, Clarksburg, MD
4/20/16Sotto Restaurant, Washington DC
4/15/16An Die Musik (Brandon Woody Quintet), Baltimore, MD
4/13/16Guitar Cutting Contest (winner), DC Jazz Jam
4/10/16Jack & Jill Foundation Banquet, Sunset Room Restaurant, National Harbor, MD
4/9/16Beatles Sing-a-Long, Bethesda, MD
4/8/16Reception, Hilton Baltimore
3/26/16Private Party, Indian Head, MD
3/23/16Twins Jazz, Washington, DC
2/22/16 Georgetown, private performance
2/14/16Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (Jazz Academy Orchestra)
2/9/16Mardi Gras Party (Capital Focus), Dogwood Tavern
2/5/16 Mardi Gras Party (Capital Focus)
2/1/16DC Public Schools Standing Ovation After Party
1/15/16Germano's Cabaret (Brandon Woody Quintet), Baltimore, MD
12/31/15George Town Club New Year's Eve Party, Washington, DC
12/24/15Sotty Restaurant, Washington, DC
12/24/15George Town Club, Washington, DC
12/23/15Twins Jazz Club, Elijah Cole Quartet, Washington, DC
12/12/15Solo piano, Washington, DC
12/7/15Blues Alley (Jazz Academy Orchestra), Washington, DC
12/5/15Sotto Restaurant, Washington, DC
12/2/15Tryst Restaurant, Washington, DC
11/27/15Solo piano, College Park, MD
11/14/15Wedding ceremony (Capital Focus), Washington DC
11/13/15Sequoia Restaurant, Washington DC
11/07/15Sotto Restaurant, Washington DC
11/06/15Kensington Park Retirement Community, Kensington, MD
11/01/15Jazz guitar duo with Jan Knutson, Old Bowie Town Grill, Bowie, MD
10/26/15County Arts Leadership Awards (Jazz Academy Combo), Silver Spring, MD
10/24/15Shenandoah Conservatory Solo Contest, Winchester, VA
10/23/15Elijah Cole Quartet, Sotto Restaurant, Washington, DC
10/22/15Horton Kids Fundraiser (Jazz Academy Combo), Washington, DC
10/21/15Tower Club, Tyson's Corner, VA
10/17/15Mt. Airy Mansion Fall Festival (Capital Focus), Upper Marlboro, MD
10/16/15Kensington Park Retirement Community, Kensington, MD
10/14/15Capitol Hill Jazz Jam House Band, Washington, DC
10/09/15Salty Dog Tavern with Pete Muldoon, Washington, DC
10/02/15Salty Dog Tavern with Chuck Underwood, Washington, DC
10/03/15Sotto Restaurant (trio), Washington, DC
9/28/15Kevin Spacey Foundation Gala Fundraiser (Capital Focus), Washington, DC
9/26/15Southwest ArtFest (Jazz Academy Orchestra and Combo), Washington, DC
9/25/15Salty Dog Tavern with Josh Bayer, Washington, DC
9/20/15Jazz Academy Combo, Maker Fair, Rockville, MD
9/19/15Potomac River Jazz Club picnic (Capital Focus), Lorton, VA
9/18/15Salty Dog Tavern, with Geoff Reecer, Washington, DC
9/12/15Silver Spring Jazz Festival (Jazz Academy Orchestra), Silver Spring, MD
9/13/15St. Luke's Episcopal Church (Capital Focus), Silver Spring, MD
9/11/15Salty Dog Tavern, with Jan Knutson, Washington, DC
9/4/15Salty Dog Tavern, with Jan Knutson, Washington, DC
8/28/15Brandon Woody Quintet, Baltimore, MD
8/8/15Capital Focus Jazz Band, Washington, DC
8/1/15Jazz at Lincoln Center Summer Jazz Academy All Stars, Castleton, VA
7/26/15Jazz at Lincoln Center Summer Jazz Academy All Stars, Castleton, VA
7/10/15Jazz Academy of Music Concert, Rockville, MD
7/6/15Elijah Cole Trio at Vicino's, Silver Spring, MD
7/5/15Capital Focus Jazz Band, Bethesda, MD
6/21/15With Sharón Clark at Jegna School of Music, Hyattsville, MD
6/17/15Twins Jazz Club, Washington, DC
6/12/15Tara Thai Restaurant, Washington, DC
5/30/15Nest Cafe, Bethesda, MD
5/31/15Jazz Brunch (guitar duo), Benny's Bar & Grill, Potomac, MD
5/31/15Private party (solo guitar), 5-8pm
5/13/15Twins Jazz Club, Washington, DC
5/8/15Jazz in Southwest at Westminster Church (Jazz Academy Orchestra), Washington, DC
4/26/15Jazz Academy Orchestra concert, Rockville, MD
4/26/15Potomac River Jazz Society (Capital Focus), Kensington, MD
4/25/15Big Band Jam (Capital Focus), Washington, DC
4/25/15Bingo fundraiser (guitar+bass), Frederick, MD
4/18/15French Embassy (trio), Washington, DC
3/28/15Maryland All State High School Jazz Band, Baltimore, MD
3/21/15Beatles Tribute, Bethesda, MD
3/14/15Kane Bar Mitzvah (trio), Kensington, MD
3/12/15Pennies for Patients Fundraiser (WJ Combo), Bethesda, MD
3/07/15Art Gallery Opening (trio), Germantown, MD
2/24/15Fundraiser, Walter Johnson HS, Bethesda, MD
2/27/15Kiwanis Meeting (trio), Potomac, MD
2/17/15Dogwood Tavern Mardi Gras Party (Capital Focus), Falls Church, VA
2/15/15Buckingham's Choice Retirement Community (Capital Focus), Adamstown, MD
2/14/15Jazz Academy Orchestra Combo, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Rockville, MD
2/14/15Jazz Academy Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Rockville, MD
2/13/15Combo contest, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Rockville, MD (2nd place)
2/04/15Back-to-School night, Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, MD
1/30/15Nest Cafe (trio), Bethesda, MD
1/17/15Nest Cafe (solo piano), Bethesda, MD
1/9/15Jazz Educators Network conference (Jazz Academy Orchestra with guest Terell Stafford), San Diego, CA
1/6/15Montgomgery County Historical Society, Rockville, MD
12/31/14Nest Cafe (trio), Bethesda, MD
12/26/14Nest Cafe (guitar+bass), Bethesda, MD
12/14/14Jazz brunch, Taste Gastropub, Olney, MD
12/13/14Governor's Open House (Walter Johnson HS Madrigals), Annapolis, MD
12/13/14District Jazz Festival (All County Jazz Band), Olney, MD
12/13/14District Jazz Festival (Walter Johnson HS Jazz Ensemble), Olney, MD
12/12/14Accompanist, Walter Johnson HS Show Choir, MCPS Jazz/Show Choir Festival
12/11/14Winter Jazz Band concert, Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, MD
12/07/14Jazz Academy Orchestra concert, Rockville, MD
12/01/14County Executive's Inaugural Ball (Jazz Academy Orchestra Combo), North Bethesda, MD
11/29/14Nest Cafe, Bethesda, MD
11/20/14Senior Citizen’s lunch, Bethesda, MD
11/16/14Jazz brunch, Taste Gastropub, Olney, MD
11/13/14Private party (Walter Johnson HS Combo), K Street Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC
11/11/14School Superintendent's Annual speech, Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD
11/09/14Private party (Jazz Academy Orchestra Combo), Marriott Hotel, Bethesda, MD
10/31/14Halloween party, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, DC
10/19/14Fundraiser, Little People Preschool, Washington, DC
10/19/14Autumn Festival (Capital Focus Jazz Band), Upper Marlboro, MD
10/19-14Discover Downtown 5K (Jazz Academy Orchestra Combo), Columbia, MD
10/18/14Memorial service (Capital Focus Jazz Band), Washington, DC
10/10/14Nest Cafe, Bethesda, MD
10/05/14Dahlak Restaurant, Washington, DC
10/04/14Halloween Festival (Blues Alley Youth Orchestra), Washington, DC
9/19/14Nest Cafe, Bethesda, MD
9/18/14Music Department Fundraiser, Noodles & Company, Bethesda, MD
9/13/14Nest Cafe, Bethesda, MD
9/07/14St. Lukes Lutheran Church (Capital Focus Jazz Band), Silver Spring, MD
9/06/14Silver Spring Jazz Festival (Jazz Academy Orchestra), Silver Spring, MD
9/04/14Back-to-School night, Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, MD
8/29/14Nest Cafe, Bethesda, MD
8/21/14Sandy Spring Adventure Park, Silver Spring, MD
8/15/14Riderwood Retirement Home (Capital Focus Jazz Band), Silver Spring, MD
8/04/14Bamboula’s, sitting in with Carl LeBlanc, New Orleans, LA
8/04/14Buffa's Restaurant, New Orleans, LA
8/02/14Satchmo Summerfest (Capital Focus Jazz Band), New Orleans, LA
8/01/14Preservation Hall (Capital Focus Jazz Band), New Orleans, LA
7/31/14Bamboula’s, sitting in with Carl LeBlanc, New Orleans, LA
7/31/14New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park (Capital Focus Jazz Band), New Orleans, LA
7/30/14Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, New Orleans, LA
7/30/14Creole Queen paddlewheeler (Capital Focus Jazz Band), New Orleans, LA
6/14/14Recording session (Capital Focus Jazz Band), Springfield, VA
5/18/14Sydenstricker Methodist Church (Capital Focus Jazz Band), Springfield, VA
5/07/14National Press Club, Washington, DC
4/27/14Grace Episcopal Church (Blues Alley Youth Orchestra), Washington, DC
4/26/14Big Band Jam Festival (Capital Focus Jazz Band), Washington, DC
4/24/14Kennedy Center Millenium Stage (Blues Alley Youth Orchestra), Washington, DC
4/02/14National Press Club, Washington, DC
3/22/14Minor Third Trio, HR-57 Jazz Club, Washington, DC
1/31/14Minor Third Trio benefit concert, Garrett Park, MD
1/18/14EC3 Concert, HR-57 Jazz Club, Washington, DC
Lessons in Jazz, Guitar, Piano, and Bass
Have you always wanted to learn how to play jazz on your instrument? Or have you always wanted to get better at guitar, piano, or bass? Or both?
Elijah Cole is a professional jazz guitarist, pianist, and bassist located in the Washington, D.C. metro area, near Rockville and Bethesda, Maryland. He has built a reputation among other D.C. area musicians through his well-rounded, intelligent, and mature style on both guitar and piano.

If you want high-quality, structured music lessons at an affordable price, look no further. His lessons cover improvisation heavily, while also teaching sight-reading, repertoire, and methods of ear-training. Whether you are just starting out with jazz or have some experience with the style, Elijah can help you to find your improvisational voice and master your instrument in a jazz setting. He can also teach other styles such as Rock and Pop on these instruments.

He prefers to give lessons from his home (near Strathmore Music Center off of Rockville Pike), but can travel to you for an additional charge. He charges $40 for an hour-long lesson at his home, or $20 for a half-hour. Discounted group lessons are also available. For out-of-home lessons, charges vary depending on travel.

Please contact Elijah at if you are interested in lessons - thanks!
At Mr. Henry's, Washington DC Elijah & Jan Knutson, Washington DC At the DC Jazz Jam With John Pizzarelli At Bamboula's, New Orleans With Wynton Marsalis Playing at Satchmo Summerfest, New Orleans At the DC Jazz Jam With Terell Stafford, San Diego, CA At Dahlak Restaurant, Washington DC At the Salty Dog Tavern, Washington DC Performing with Kevin Spacey, Washington DC Playing at Preservation Hall, New Orleans At Mr. Henry's, Washington DC
Elijah Cole, Jazz Guitar & Piano

Elijah Cole is an 18-year-old musician, based in Philadelphia. Primarily a guitarist, Elijah is an active performer in both the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. areas, playing public and private functions on guitar, piano, bass, and drums. Additionally, he is a prolific educator, with guitar, piano, and bass students of all ages.

Elijah’s playing is dynamic and exciting, drawing on diverse influences such as John Coltrane, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Thile, Brad Mehldau, Bach, B.B. King, and many others. While he works primarily in jazz contexts, his music draws on elements from many styles, forming a unique fusion of traditional jazz, classical, and more contemporary genres.

In addition to being an active performer, Elijah is a composer and arranger. He recently completed ten original arrangements of Beatles songs, which were performed live by his trio, featuring Kris Monson on bass and Chris Barrick on drums and vibraphone, in May 2016. He has also performed many of his original compositions, both with his own ensembles and with others’ groups.

Elijah got his musical start at an early age, first performing at 5 as a bluegrass fiddler. However, he quickly moved to the piano, where he developed his first musical love, the blues. His desire to emulate musicians such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy lead him to take up guitar at the age of 12, where he continued to develop his blues playing while simultaneously branching out into jazz and other styles.

By the age of 14, Elijah was performing at local DC clubs such as HR-57, as a member of the Minor Third Trio. At this time he also began working as a pianist in the Capital Focus Jazz Band, a traditional jazz ensemble under the direction of cornetist Dave Robinson, Jr., which focuses on early jazz styles such as New Orleans, San Francisco, and swing. Elijah appears on both piano and guitar on Capital Focus’ 9th album, Renewing the Tradition, Volume 9, and will appear on Volume 10, coming soon.

In the years since, Elijah has headlined at jazz clubs such as Twins, and has performed at many others, including Blues Alley and An Die Musik. He works frequently in duo settings with other guitarists and bassists, as well as in tradition guitar trio and organ trio groups. Since October, 2015, he has performed twice a week at a local retirement home. These performances have allowed him to hone his chops as a solo performer on both guitar and piano, and expand his repertoire of standards and other early-20th century songs.

Elijah has studied with Greg Kettinger, Chuck Underwood, and has also been mentored by D.C. jazz icons such as Paul Carr, Michael Bowie, and Ernest “EC3” Coleman.