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Saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed was born and raised in Silver Spring and is a consummate student of the D.C. music scene: He’s equally comfortable blowing some burnished, buoyant hard-bop as he is grooving in the pocket of a go-go band. He can often be found leading groups of some of the other younger statesman of D.C. jazz through originals and standards that swing just right.
He debuted The Karma Suite, a thirty minute, three-piece work inspired by current events, back at the D.C. Jazz Loft in 2016 and he’s been tinkering with it ever since. Balbed performs the work for the first time in the new decade in the Kennedy Center’s Studio K, debuting a new arrangement indebted to Donald Byrd’s A New Perspective record.