Just like his namesake, jazz pulses through Ellington Carthan’s veins. This up-and-coming jazz pianist, diverse career includes performing, teaching, producing, and composing. Ellington holds dual degrees in Jazz Studies and Music Technology.  He is pursuing graduate studies in Jazz at Howard University in D.C. Born in Southern California and raised in North Carolina, it is perhaps Ellington's bi-coastal upbringing that make him such a versatile musician.

Like his mentor, celebrated pianist Cyrus Chestnut, Ellington enjoys mixing genres and resists being typecast. Ellington has performed with renown Jazz vibraphonist, Warren Wolf, and opened for Jazz icon, Cecile McClorin Salvant, at the Kent Island Jazz Festival 2021. He has been honored to perform at prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and many other venues throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. 

  • 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 Jam Session at Brentwood Arts Exchange, now live and in-person!