At 18 years old, the prodigiously talented jazz flutist Elena Pinderhughes is the youngest musician to have played Offside, beating out young piano whiz Joe Warner (who played in last year’s festival with the Marcus Shelby Trio) by a couple of years.
When Elena appeared as the surprise guest soloist with the Howard Wiley Trio on Friday night, her performance blew us all away. With gorgeous phrasing and musicality, she had no problem keeping pace with Howard. Just take a look for yourself!
Here they are playing a Monk tune – “I Mean You” – at the 2nd annual SF Offside Festival.
Porto Franco Files #36 — filmed by Peter Varshavsky of Porto Franco Records.
A seasoned performer at 18, Elena made her Yoshi’s Oakland debut—playing solo flute and singing—in 2009, when she was just 13 years old. This was after having already performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House!
Elena, who will be moving to New York city in the Fall to study music, made some time in her busy travel and rehearsal schedule to chat with us a few days after our festival. We asked her about playing jazz in the Bay Area and beyond.