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Elan Trotman

Bill Frisell
L to R: Bill Frisell, Christos Govetas, Sidiki Camara, Greg Leisz, Vinicius Cantuaria and Jenny Scheinman

While growing up in the tropical island paradise of Barbados, Trotman learned to play the piano at age seven and picked up the sax five years later. The Barbadian government granted him a full scholarship for the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he earned a degree in music education. In turn, Trotman, who was mentored in high school by Barbadian sax great Arturo Tappin, also serves as a music educator in the Boston public elementary school district. “Love and Sax is a compilation of songs that I wrote with one goal in mind: to create a relaxing, yet sensual and romantic atmosphere,” Trotman explained. “Trying to launch a career in the U.S. after coming from a tiny island can be a very humbling experience, but it can also inspire you to be different and push you to find ways to make your voice distinct. To that end, I try to use young producers that don’t typically work with smooth jazz artists. Then I write catchy, sing-able hooks, bringing in my influences and experiences. I see myself as part of the new generation of contemporary jazz artists, and hope to be a part of the new movement that will help to preserve the art-form.”