Show times 8PM ~ $20 & 10PM ~ $15
Elijah Jordan Thomas began his musical journey at a very young age. Being raised in a household which constantly carried the sounds of funk, soul, rhythm & blues and jazz, music was placed in his mind and his heart and has remained there ever since. Taking up the flute in his third grade year at the Charles W. Henry elementary school of Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, PA, he became involved with various large and small ensembles that the school offered under the artistic direction of noted music instructor John Zisk. Also, Elijah became involved with the music ministries of his home church at the time, the Christian Church in Philadelphia, through the support of his loving family, which instilled in him a love of gospel music and a clear cut focus on his dreams directed by the Word of God.
Following his graduation from Henry school, Elijah was accepted into the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, (better known as CAPA high school), and his love for jazz, classical, and gospel idioms soared. Under the guidance and wisdom of Kevin Anthony Rodgers, Elijah's appreciation for the history of jazz and classical music and the theoretical knowledge behind both types of music ran deeper, and with them his determination to bring the flute towards the forefront of the Philadelphia music scene. During this time, Elijah was also receiving private lessons from renowned flautist, Walter Bell. In which, he was introduced to different musical styles within jazz. Elijah's accomplishments at CAPA include: being former bandleader and arranger for the small jazz ensemble, principal flautist for the orchestra, 1st flautist for the concert band, musician for the gospel choir, prominent flautist for Philadelphia High School Concert Band and the All-Star Jazz Band. It is with the All-Star Jazz Band that Elijah had the honor of playing under the direction of Professor Terell Stafford, director of jazz studies at the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University. It is due to this experience with Professor Stafford that granted Elijah the full determination to attend the Esther Boyer college of Music and Dance upon his graduation from high school in 2009.
Elijah is a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz arranging & composition and an instrumental concentration in flute. He is currently enrolled as a graduate student, M.M in Music Education at the Boyer College of Music & Dance, Temple University.