Meet Elena Pinderhughes

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.

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The Latest from Offside!

It’s hard to believe that it has been almost five months since the festival! Our heads are still spinning…

A huge thanks to all the incredible composers and musicians that contributed their talents, and to everyone in the community who supported our vision in so many ways. We were blown away by the response to the festival and are excited to keep working on this project going into 2013.

Which gets us to the first piece of news we’d like to share! We are delighted to announce that San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music just accepted our application for fiscal sponsorship. That means that as SF Offside moves forward, we will be in a better position to find donors and apply for grants so that we can cover all our expenses and adequately compensate all the performing artists that make SF Offside what it is.

Without a doubt, SFFCM is a great fit for Offside. Just check out their five-week Sunday series JAZZ+ at the de Young Museum, which features Offside alums Lisa Mezzacappa, Erik Jekabson, Marcus Shelby, Kasey Knudsen, and David Ewell. Continue reading