Elan Trotman


One of the most exciting up-and-comers among his generation of saxophonists, Elan Trotman explores the Contemporary Jazz field in his own way on This Time Around, his most impressive CD so far. “The music is radio friendly,” says Elan, “but I did not 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 this is how I play live, bringing all of my different influences into the music.” While inspired by Arturo Tappin, Grover Washington Jr, and Kirk Whalum, Elan's music is never predictable. Throughout This Time Around, his playing is full of surprises.   Born and raised in Barbados, Elan remembers hearing calypsos, reggae and local music in his early days. He started with piano lessons when he was seven, taking up the saxophone five years later. When Elan was in high school, saxophonist Arturo Tappin became his mentor. “That is when I became more exposed to other genres outside of our native music. Arturo Tappin went to Berklee in the late 1980s before returning to the island, bringing back a lot of information. He liked to fuse calypsos and reggae with jazz.” Elan was also inspired by Grover Washington Jr., the contemporary musicians who came down for the Barbados Jazz Festival, and his own roots in gospel and Caribbean music. While in high school, he led his own band, performing at shows on campus. He worked with a couple of gospel groups, eventually forming his own combo, Inspiration, playing cover tunes at local shows and festivals.