b. 13 December 1949, New York City, New York, USA. A hard-working and accomplished bop guitarist, Elf has gained some long overdue recognition in the late 90s with several acclaimed recordings for his own Jen Bay label. Raised in New York, Elf attended the Berklee College Of Music from 1969-71. After graduation Elf built up a reputation on the jazz scene, playing and recording with a role call of jazz legends including Lou Donaldson, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, Al Grey, Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Jon Hendricks, Freddie Hubbard, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis and Clark Terry. He recorded his debut between 1986 and 1987, and later decamped to Santiago, Chile, for a set on the Alerce label. His second album, The Eternal Triangle, was recorded in 1988 but, following a series of rejections from established labels, Elf issued the set on his own Jen Bay imprint. Thanks to his own tireless self-promotion Elf’s recent recordings have gained extensive airplay, introducing his fluid and melodic playing to a wider audience.
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