The JoGo Project is an ensemble of musicians who all come from different backgrounds to create a fresh fusion sound that appeals both to the mind and the body. Founded in 2014 by Chuck Brown alumnus Elijah Balbed, the group features several other DC natives as well as graduates from Howard University who have since claimed DC as their home. The JoGo Project has been known to bring audiences to their feet – so if you book this band, be ready to dance!
The band was formed by saxophonist Elijah Balbed as a culmination of his residency at Strathmore in May of 2014. Elijah was fortunate to perform with the late Mr. Chuck Brown for the last year of The Godfather’s life, which inspired Elijah to continue Chuck’s legacy by starting a group of his own. The band has performed at prestigious DC venues and festivals including The Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, Funk Parade, H-Street Festival, Velvet Lounge, The Lincoln Theater and many more.
In addition to a band, JoGo is a concept. It’s continuing the tradition that Chuck Brown started of taking jazz standards, pop covers, and even movie themes and putting them over a Go-Go beat. The JoGo project also performs covers of your favorite Motown, R&B, hip-hop and oldies classics.