Just like his namesake, jazz pulses through Ellington Carthan’s veins. This up-and-coming jazz pianist, whose diverse career includes performing, teaching, producing, and composing, holds dual degrees in jazz studies and music technology. Born in California and raised in North Carolina, it’s perhaps Carthan’s bicoastal upbringing that make him such a versatile musician. Like his mentor, celebrated pianist Cyrus Chestnut, Carthan enjoys mixing genres and resists being typecast. Carthan has been honored to perform at prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Smithsonian museums, and more.

  • Ellington is currently an Artist in Residence at the Strathmore

  • Ellington created a Youtube Channel to teach piano to anyone interested in learning. 

  • Ellington hosts a monthly Virtual Livestream Jam Session at Brentwood Arts Exchange!