Elan Trotman, acclaimed saxophonist, educator, and composer, has carved out a successful career in the contemporary jazz scene. Born and raised in Barbados, Trotman’s unique fusion of Caribbean rhythms and jazz harmonies has garnered him considerable recognition and respect within the music industry.
Trotman’s journey began at a young age, guided by the sounds of calypso, reggae, and other Caribbean musical styles that surrounded him in his native Barbados. His talent for music was evident early on, earning him a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. At Berklee, Trotman honed his skills, becoming a standout in the saxophone department and laying the groundwork for his future success.
Throughout his career, Trotman has become known for his smooth, soulful playing style. Inspired by Grover Washington, Jr., Kirk Whalum and Najee, his exceptional skills on the tenor saxophone have led him to perform at notable events and venues worldwide, including the Barbados Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, and the Smooth Jazz Cruise. He’s also collaborated with a host of notable artists, further cementing his status as a sought-after performer in the industry.
Trotman’s discography is marked by a signature blend of jazz, soul, and Caribbean influences, showcasing his versatility and innovative approach to composition. He’s released multiple chart-topping albums that demonstrate his ability to fuse various genres seamlessly. These include popular titles like “Tropicality,” “Electro Sax,” and “Love and Sax,” all of which have been well received by fans and critics alike.
In addition to his performance and recording career, Trotman maintains a strong commitment to education. After his graduation from Berklee, he returned to serve as a faculty member, where he shares his experience and knowledge with the next generation of musicians. He’s been pivotal in shaping the institution’s curriculum and mentoring upcoming talent, demonstrating his dedication to the advancement of music education.
Moreover, Trotman is not just a musician but a philanthropist at heart. He founded the Never Lose Your Drive Foundation, a charity that funds music education for Caribbean youth. The annual Barbados Jazz Excursion, a jazz and golf event founded by Trotman, serves as a primary fundraiser for this cause.
Page last updated 7/7/2023.