This week's revolution




ElewThe adoption of indie rock by latterday jazz types has, it seems, crossed fearsomely into the mainstream with the advent of Elew. His 12 April 2011 press release, perhaps oblivious to a decade of indie-inspired droning from assorted jazz players, proclaims:

"A modern day pop artist and musical revolutionary, ELEW is making a substantial impression on the music world with a thunderous new style of playing: an inspired melding of ragtime, rock and pop that he calls Rockjazz. As he continues to gain notoriety with his blistering renditions of infectious rock and pop anthems by Coldplay, The Killers, Nirvana, and more, he has broken free of the rigidly defined boundaries of the traditional jazz world and ultimately given birth to something wholly original."

According to his website, Elew has jazz credentials including work with Wynton Marsalis and JALC, Elvin Jones, Roy Hargrove and Cassandra Wilson, and won the 1999 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition, "his mesmerizing piano theatrics even then hinting at the new musical paradigm he would one day create".

Elew tours as support on the US leg of to pop man Josh Grogan's world tour beginning in May.


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