Touring Arts Roster has Never Been Sweeter

Photos Courtesy of Artist, (c) Gene Trent
Photos Courtesy of Artist, (c) Gene Trent

Happy Sweet 60th Birthday to Elnah Jordan!

When Elnah sings, she lays it on the line – she moves you … you can’t help but listen!”  -Jeff Busch

Elnah Jordan’s passion for singing was ignited at an early age and nurtured throughout her childhood. As a young talent, her vocal gifts developed along a path that took her from the gospel choir stands of her Midwest hometown to adventures in San Francisco as a revered street performer to club gigs opening for the likes of Gil Scott Heron. She eventually found the theater stage, and in 1983, was awarded Vocalist of the Year for her portrayal of the legendary Bessie Smith in “The Evolution of the Blues,” written and produced by Jon Hendricks of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. Later she starred in, “Street of Dreams,” an Off Broadway musical drama where she was awarded the prestigious, Cabaret Gold Award for outstanding performance.

Elnah has since made Seattle her home and become a treasured member of the local Gospel, Blues, R&B and Jazz scenes. She’s performed at almost every local jazz venue and collaborated with most of the heavy hitters, including two of her great supporters: Reggie Goings, whom she credits with connecting her to “everyone” and Eric Verlinde, who has partnered with her from the piano bench for many years.

Just off of an eight month performance sabbatical to re-evaluate her musical priorities, Elnah is moving toward a focus on producing multi-medium performance projects. “I want to really do something different. I’m not ready to retire. I need to use my mind, keep my brain active, and give my life purpose. In my shows I like to touch everyone’s senses—bring in Dancers and Spoken Word, use the Theater,” she shared. She also has a goal of becoming a substance abuse counselor for women of color, and is in her third year at Argosy University studying Psychology making that a reality.

This Friday, Elnah will celebrate her Sweet Sixty with many beloved friends and colleagues including Verlinde at the piano, Jeff Busch on drums, Osama Afifi on bass and many other special guests.

Shuga’s Jazz Bistro
317 Main Avenue S
Renton, WA 98057
Fri. 3/20 – 8:30PM
Reservations strongly encouraged (425) 274-3074
At Shuga Jazz Bistro, Chef Wayne Johnson whips up Southern, Cajun, and international comfort foods sourced from local ingredients; featuring live music Thursday – Sunday.


More Touring Arts Roster performances this weekend:

Greta Matassa Trio
Osteria La Spiga
1429 12th Ave Seattle, WA 98122
Thur. March 19th – 7:30-10pm Reservations Suggested

Fred Hoadley (piano & tres), Ben Verdier (bass), Tom Bergersen (congas & percussion),
Ricardo Guity (drumset, timbales & percussion), Jim Coile (saxophone & flute) & Nathan Vetter (trombone)
2214 2nd Ave, Seattle WA
Thur. March 19th – 8pm & 9:30pm $10 Cover

Uncle Bonsai
Moisture Festival at Hale’s Palladium
4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle WA
Fri. March 20th 7:30pm & 10:30pm Tickets $10-$25

Greta Matassa Quartet
Darin Clendenin (piano), Clipper Anderson (bass), and Julian MacDonough (drums)
2214 2nd Ave, Seattle WA
Sat. March 21st 7:30pm $16 Cover

Del Rey
Moisture Festival at Hale’s Palladium
4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle WA
Sat. March 21st 7:30pm & 10:30pm Tickets $10-$25

Festál’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures
Seattle Center Armory
Seattle WA
Sun. Mar 22nd 5pm FREE

Thistle Theatre presents “Momotaro (Peach Boy)”
Magnuson Park Theatre, Building #47
7120 62nd Ave NE, Seattle WA
Sat Mar 21st & Sun. Mar 22nd – 1pm & 3pm Tickets $10


4Culture is proud to host the eclectic talent of the region on our Touring Arts Roster website where you may explore and discover artists just for fun, or contact them for your performance needs.