Eliza Salem Quartet
Straight ahead jazz ensemble
Eliza Salem is a drummer currently based in Ann Arbor where she just completed her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. She is a Metro DC native who learned her craft in the Washington area’s vibrant musical scene under the guidance of mentor Paul Carr. While at Michigan, Eliza had the privilege of working with her professors including Michael Gould, Ellen Rowe, Dennis Wilson, and more. Over the last few years she has worked heavily as both a sideman and bandleader, and performed at acclaimed venues in both the greater Detroit and D.C. areas. She has toured with the Univeristy of Michigan Jazz Ensemble and the Newport Foundation’s Generations Jazz Assembly Band, whose goal is to encourage young students to pursue and preserve the great tradition of jazz. Recently, Eliza was one of 15 fellows selected to take part in the Ravinia Steans Music Institute’s renowned jazz program where she had the opportunity to learn from and workshop original compositions with masters Rufus Reid, Billy Childs and Steve Wilson. Eliza also served as the concert coordinator for Ann Arbor’s renowned music venue Canterbury House for two years, and is excited to bring her quartet back to the Blue Llama for another night of music and celebration.