Together in the Woodshed #5: Sheila Jordan

November 22nd, 2015 | No Comments

Sheila Jordan

The fifth episode of my podcast, “Together in the Woodshed,” featuring conversations with great artists about teaching and learning music, is now available! This episode’s guest is Sheila Jordan, one of my singing mentors and an incredible teacher who herself learned from Charlie Parker and many other wonderful bebop musicians.

This interview was recorded nearly a year ago, and it’s a lovely conversation about learning how to trust your own instincts as a musician. Sheila just turned 87 years old and is on the road much of the year – catch her in Japan in December!

To learn more, read the biography Jazz Child, available in stores and online.


Stephen Colbert this Thursday!

October 13th, 2015 | No Comments

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Tune in Thursday night, October 15, to see me playing trombone on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert! I’ll be performing with Jon Batiste and Stay Human, backing up the incredible Judith Hill! Oh, and there are some other guests… like Oprah Winfrey. No big deal.

The show airs at 11:35pm Eastern on CBS.

Salsa on Saturday!

August 27th, 2015 | No Comments

Come out with your listening ears and dancing shoes for a free hang in East Harlem this Saturday!

I’ll be performing on trombone with an 11-piece salsa band, Aurora y Zon del Barrio, at 2:30pm. We’re at La Placita de la Marqueta, an outdoor plaza on Park Avenue between 115th and 116th Streets. Drop on by!

La Marqueta

Saturday Night Live!

May 4th, 2015 | No Comments

Florence + The Machine

I’m excited to say that I’m joining Florence + The Machine on trombone this week for two gigs…. one at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 5, and the other on Saturday Night Live on May 9! Reese Witherspoon is hosting the show. Tune in from anywhere and see you then! All the details are here.


PBS this Sunday

November 21st, 2014 | No Comments

Jay Leno

Join me on PBS this weekend!

In October, I joined musical director Crispin Cioe and a stellar band (folks who work with Bruce Springsteen’s band, Saturday Night Live, Beyonce, and many others) at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. We taped the 2014 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor live, and it’ll be airing this Sunday night, November 23, at 8pm Eastern. (Don’t despair if you have plans! I’ve been a part of this twice before, and I often hear from folks throughout the year who’ve caught a re-airing later in the year.)

This year’s honoree is Jay Leno, and we backed up amazing guests like Jerry Seinfeld, Wanda Sykes, Garth Brooks, Kristin Chenoweth, Jimmy Fallon, and many more. Tune in to check it out!

Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos…

Kiku and Elizabeth at Mark Twain show 2014

Elizabeth with Mark Twain Prize 2014 poster


elizabeth! is a vocalist, trombonist, and songwriter working in NYC and Los Angeles. Originally from Vermont, she studied neuroscience at Harvard before moving to NYC to play, tour, and record with jazz musicians, indie rockers, pop stars and more. Her new album of original jazzy pop tunes was just released on Canopy Jazz!

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