Elliott was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and studied with the renowned David Baker while a student at Indiana University. In Indianapolis, Elliott performed with the Jimmy Coe Big Band, which also featured Earmin Hubbard, brother of Freddie Hubbard.
After moving to Los Angeles, Elliott performed and/or recorded with Teddy Edwards, Ernie Andrews, OC Smith, Al McKibbon, Barbara Morrison, Sweet Baby Jai, Francisco Aguabella, The Machito Orchestra, Bobby Matos, Estrada Brothers, La Sonora Dinamita, Garcia Brothers, Rudy Calzado, La Sonora Santanera, El Vez, Wyclef Jean, Beck, The Beastie Boys, Filter (received Platinum Record), Tierra, The Solsonics, Jump With Joey (including 3 tours of Japan, in addition to performance at The Fuji Rock Festival); comedian-singer, Joey Cheezhee, which included appearances on "Entertainment Tonight" and an HBO special, "On The Ledge", and the notorious, Dr. Jack Kevorkian (CD entitled, A Very Still Life). Elliott performed in one of the centennial celebrations of Kurt Weill's birth in a concert entitled, "Nina Wachenfeld Sings Kurt Weill". Elliott was also part of the orchestra featured at the LA House of Blues presentation, "Andy Kaufman: Dead or Alive?".
The Elliott Caine Quintet/Sextet:
Inspired by '60's "Blue Note" style jazz, as well as by the music of Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria, The Elliott Caine Sextet plays original compositions, as well as the works of Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Donald Byrd, et al. The group's critically acclaimed first release, "Orientation", has received generous radio airplay across the USA, being the "1 Most Added" for jazz, nationally, for the week of 11/5-11/11/99, eventually reaching 29 on national radio's Gavin Jazz List in January 2000. Elliott's original compositions from the cd have been used for television and cinema, including "Relax...It's Just Sex", starring Jennifer Tilly and Paul Winfield. "Le Supercool", the 2nd cd release by the Elliott Caine Sextet, further explores musical ideas initiated with "Orientation". Released in early 2001, "Le Supercool" received impressive notice nationally and internationally, attaining the rank of 14 for jazz radioplay in the USA in early February 2001. The 3rd cd release, "Blues from Mars", by the Elliott Caine Quintet, features DJ Bonebrake on vibes on three selections, adding yet another texture to the sound of the group. "Blues from Mars" was released in the summer of 2006, and likewise has received much national and international radio play and positive reviews, including in Jazz Times Magazine, Latin Beat Magazine, All About Jazz (LA edition), Cadence Magazine, LA Jazz Scene, Sonic Magazine (Germany), Swing Journal (Japan), and numerous other magazines and ezines and blogs. The latest cd release, "Hippie Chicks on Acid", released in 2011, is a "live", in-concert recording, likewise, has received both national and international radio-play, as well as very positive media coverage.
Additionally, two of Elliott's original compositions were used in the Los Angeles Theatre Center's production of the Tony Award winning play revival of "Sideman", reprised for a week in May, 2010 at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, featuring many of the original cast members. Elliott's trumpet playing was also utilized for the LATC production of "Look Back in Anger" in 2012. Both productions were broadcast nationally on NPR.
Music For Television:
In addition to several "live" television appearances ("Good Day LA", etc.), Elliott's music has been used for quite a few television shows and programs, including "Late NIght with David Letterman", "Oprah", "Teach Tony Danza" (A&E), "History Detectives" (PBS), "Gastineau Girls" (Style Network), as well as programs on The Travel Channel, E! Network, The Discovery Channel, Bravo, VH1, MTV, Women's Entertainment, The Green Channel, etc. Internationally, his music has been played on television in Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Mexico, Netherlands, UK (on the PRS Channel: "Bejing Olympics" & "Hogan Knows Best"), Norway, Romania, Hong Kong, etc .
1999-City of Los Angeles: "Your exemplary efforts are worthy of high regard. Thank you for furthering the common goal of making our city a better place in which to live."
1999-County of Los Angeles: "Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Music."
2005-Los Angeles Music Week Honoree
SELECTED PAST PERFORMANCES:
Playboy Jazz Festival (Pasadena, CA 1999)
Highland Park Winter Music Festival (LA-2001, 2002, 2003-performances along with Poncho Sanchez all 3 years)
El Camino College (LA-2002)
Equinoxe Jazz Festival (Corsica, France-2002, 2003)
Occidental College (LA-2003)
Atlas Music Festival (Istanbul, Turkey-2004)
Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival (Temecula, CA-2004, 2007)
Jazz at Drew Festival (LA-2004)
Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines Festival (Idyllwild, CA-2007)
LA County Museum of Art (October, 2008)
Hollywood & Highland KKJZ Summer Jazz Series (2011)
Descanso Gardens Summer Jazz Series (2009, 2010, 2011)
Huntington Library & Gardens Summer Concert Series (2011, 2014)
Make Music Pasadena (2012 , 2014 - headliner @ "Jazz Stage" at Boston Court)
KKJZ Jazz Caravan Headliner (2013)
St. Andrew's Jazz Festival (Los Angeles, CA 2017, 2018)
Initial performance at Catalina Bar & Grill Jazz Club, Hollywood, CA (2018)
Featured Artist KKJZ Winter Newsletter (2013-14); Link: http://jazzandblues.org/support/benefits/jazzBluesNews/?issm=01&issy=2014