Elijah became interested in jazz after going to jam sessions at The Know Bookstore in Durham, NC and being mentored by legend Yusuf Salim. This was photo was taken in 2007 at Yusuf's retirement home shortly before his passing. 

Elijah became interested in jazz after going to jam sessions at The Know Bookstore in Durham, NC and being mentored by legend Yusuf Salim. This was photo was taken in 2007 at Yusuf's retirement home shortly before his passing. 

 Elijah's early experiences being mentored by Yusuf and performing at The Know Bookstore were what inspired him to become a pianist, and develop a lifelong passion for jazz and blues music. 

Elijah's early experiences being mentored by Yusuf and performing at The Know Bookstore were what inspired him to become a pianist, and develop a lifelong passion for jazz and blues music. 

 Elijah has been gigging as a jazz pianist since age 12

Elijah has been gigging as a jazz pianist since age 12

 After performing for Christian McBride, 2009

After performing for Christian McBride, 2009