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I'm sincerely greatful for your support! Without you, there is no me!  

It's Time!  "Shall We Dance?"  I'm honored and exhilarated about  my concert coming up on April 7, 2024!  The evening features songs from my new  recording! 

My new album, Shall We Dance, is a grouping of  favorite songs from my lifetime; Shall We Dance, Send In The Clowns, What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life (with an amazing solo from legendary ARTURO SANDOVAL) and  more!  As the official release event of my recording, we'll have copies available onsite for purchase.

The celebration begins with a concert at the beautiful Barclay Theatre in Irvine. Tickets are on sale now at the link below.  

Proceeds will also benefit Creative Identity, a non-profit 501(3)(c) dedicated to intellectually disabled adults. 


Let the music enrich your soul.

Blessings Always,



Sunday April 7, 2024
Shall We Dance
Recording Release Celebration!
Fundraiser for Creative Identity!

Elena Gilliam's premier performance with a Full Orchestra featuring award winning Producers Bob Barrett (Conductor) and Tony Guerrero.  Elena's favorite songs from her lifetime will carry you through an amazing musical evening.

Proceeds will go to Creative Identity, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit therapeutic and expressive arts program in Anaheim and Laguna Beach, California that serves adults, 18 years of age and older, with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 


The Barclay, Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

Ticket Link:  
Irvine Barclay Theatre
$35/$55/$85/Premier $250 (includes private reception-Limited number of tickets)

Sponsorship Opportunities


Other Events:

Art & Jazz Lecture: The Iconic Imagery of Blue Note Records
Thursday March 14, 20245:30 - 7:00pm
Art Talks
LOCA Arts Education, Laguna Beach

Elena Gilliam jazz singer and historian discusses how graphics, art and photos from Blue Note Record album covers were key to setting the tone for the 20th-century American Jazz movement. Advance Registration is required: $20 fee (free for LOCA Arts members)Send email  request to:

Art & Jazz (Live Program)

Sunday February 11, 2024
1:00 - 2:30pm

Art & Jazz goes LIVE at the beautiful Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, California. The Muzeo will be featuring the amazing exhibit "TRADITIONS: HONORING HERITAGE, RITUAL, AND FAMILY | CURATED BY THINKSPACE PROJECTS AND TLALOC STUDIOS."  This exhibit includes the work of several outstanding community artists.
Our jazz presentation celebrates smooth jazz with a video display about the great Grover Washington Jr., known as the father of smooth jazz and other key legends who shaped the fusion of jazz, pop and R&B; David Sanborn, Stanley Turrentine, Dave Koz, and vocalists Al Jarreau, Anita Baker to name a few!
A Jazz Trio will perform providing the perfect backdrop for this special free event.
Light hors D'oeuvres; free parking in designated areas.

241 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805


Art & Jazz virtual showcase series - Resident Jazz Artist

Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam is a quarterly virtual program hosted by the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, California.   As the Muzeo Jazz Resident, Elena produces the show as a vehicle to shine a light on jazz music and jazz themed visual art.  All shows are uploaded to YouTube for viewing.  Feel free to check out past episodes with special guests including; Mark Miller, Bob Barry, Terrence Love, Tony Guerrero, Donald Dean, Henry "the Skipper" Franklin, Bili Redd Thedford, Valerie Herring, the George Gilliam Trio Summer Sessions, and more!

Next Show!
Sunday February 11, 2024 - LIVE EVENT!
The next Art & Jazz show will take place LIVE at the beautiful Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, California. 

Previous Shows available on YouTube:

Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam November 12, 2023
We explore the exciting rhythms of Latin Jazz from its beginning with interviews from Mario Bauzá, Arturo Sandoval, Dizzy Gillespie, and Eliane Elias.  Latin music gained momentum during the early 1900’s in the United States on the East Coast. Afro-Cuban jazz is the first form of Latin jazz, emerging in New York City in the early 1940s with Mario Bauza and Frank “Machito” Grillo and their band Machito and his Afro-Cubans. It was the beginning of a long-standing musical blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and instruments. Legendary jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and percussionist Chano Pozo also brought the first collaboration of Afro-Cuban music and bebop often referred to as “CuBop.” 

Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam August 13, 2023
This show highlighted a few of the marvelous crooners in early jazz; Arthur Prysock, Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine and Johnny Hartman. Adding to the ambiance is the outstanding work of artist Keith Mallett (

Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam - May 14, 2023

The amazing voices of Mildred Bailey, Blossom Dearie,  Anita O'Day, Una Mae Carlise, Dorothy Dandridge and a couple of other surprises. Special guest art exhibit with work from Diane Russell from Portland, Oregon.
Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam - February 12, 2023
The show shines a light on their extraordinary musical careers of Duke Ellington and Count Basie.  Included are a few of their timeless music performances with special guest stars Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Williams.  On Exhibit is the amazing artwork of Everett Spruill.

Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam - November 12, 2022

The show highlights the career of renowned art of Harriet Sebastian, as shared by her daughter jazz and blues artist/entertainer/actor Tina Jackson. Also on exhibit is the extraordinary work of a former jazz radio host/ Downbeat Magazine correspondent, John Lockhart. 

​Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam - August 14, 2022 
The Artistry of Blue Note  Records - a look at the album covers that set the standard for jazz art Artist Janice D Monaco - Southern California Multimedia Artist will share her beautiful  musical themed work

Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam - May 8, 2022 
Featuring Bob Barry, Jazzographer & Mark Christian Miller, Entertainer

Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam - February 13, 2022
Featuring Tribute to MLK, Terrence Love, Photographer/Jazz Promoter

Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam - November 14, 2022
Highlighting artists from the past year
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