*Looking like she was about to play Lena Horn in a musical stage play, Jazz/R&B vocalist Elias Gomez Taylor greets and smiles at the attendees at the Historic Dunbar Hotel’s Delicious Restaurant in Los Angeles there to see her perform with the E-Star Trio Band (Dan Spector/piano, Dwayne Augustine/bass and ChillieWillieGroove/percussion).
I went to review her performance after hearing her sing at the recent “ULMII” Conference in Los Angeles. She’s a bonafide star come to the community to inspire. I enjoyed her professionalism at the Dunbar. That’s how you can tell the greats, no matter who the audience, what distractions or how many in the audience, a professional performs like its Carnegie Hall with an audience of 30,000 that has every single eye on them – Elias did that.
“It’s work,” Elias said about her long career as a performer (since she was a child). “I love the people that I work with. I play with musicians that work with the stars, like Ritchie Garcia he plays with Sting and Kanye, The collaboration with the musician I work with, I’ve been very fortunate…having a group I’m steady with.”
Elias comes from a family of musicians. Her dad was a bass player and her brothers all musicians. They had a family band where she was the vocalist – reminding me of the life of Selena Gomez.
“I started when I was very young. My dad…he was in the Navy and he took care of equipment around the region. My brothers were musicians. So we had a band when I was a teenager and we played regionally – so I already had a love for it.”
Aside from singing in her family’s band she also played hand-percussions.
“We played R&B music, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan” she added. “I branched out and learned Brazilian music. I already knew about Latin music because of my mother. My dad had a massive collection of Jazz music and he would play every weekend. So I started singing Jazz…in Spanish.”
Taylor is pretty good at scatting as the old Jazz icons do very proficient. To see some of the performance of Elias Gomez Taylor at the Historic Dunbar Hotel’s Delicious Restaurant check out this video clip immediately above. You can catch Elias Gomez Taylor perform by visiting her website www.EliasGomezTaylor.com for upcoming performance dates.
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Eunice is founder of the annual “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), into its 20th year. Next event dates include Los Angeles Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (511) and Baltimore Saturday April 18, 2020, held in partnership with Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times. The free conference offers an Entertainment Business Panel and a Talent Showcase and Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) with over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services to selected artists. Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to participate as a panelist or talent call 562-424-3836.