Eliot Seppa is an upright and electric bassist from the Washington, DC area. He has always been influenced by a variety of different musical styles – as a child, Eliot studied classical bass with the late George Vance and heard his dad’s favorite rock and folk music at home while also becoming more and more influenced by the hip-hop, R&B, go-go, and Latin American music that he would hear at school, friend’s houses, and elsewhere. Eliot attended Howard University, where he graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music – Jazz Studies, studying under professors Steve Novosel (jazz bass), Jeffrey Koczela (classical bass), and Charlie Young (jazz improvisation). In 2013, Eliot accompanied Howard University’s premier vocal jazz ensemble, Afro Blue, for a performance at the White House, complete with a personal concert for President Obama and the First Lady. In 2014, Eliot went on tour with the Malian griot Cheick Hamala Diabate. He was the regular bassist for the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra from 2011 until the famed club’s closing in 2016. He has been performing regularly with the Donvonte McCoy Sextet at Eighteenth Street Lounge since 2013 (voted Best Small Jazz Group by the Washington City Paper 2013 and currently the city’s longest running residency by a jazz band). He has been the bassist at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Northeast Washington, DC since 2015 and previously for Howard University’s Chapel service from 2011-2015.
Eliot regularly performs with some of the area’s most revered jazz musicians such as Warren Wolf, Chuck Redd, Christie Dashiell, Elijah Balbed, and Todd Marcus. He also performs regularly with reggae/afrobeat band Eme & Heteru. Eliot embraces the music of his own generation, playing with singer/songwriters Sitali, Cecily Bumbray, and Chris Urquiaga as well as genre-crossing bands and artists such as the Jogo Project, Sam Prather’s Groove Orchestra, Mark Meadows and the Movement, and Joseph Webb. He performs regularly with the wedding/event band Infusion. Eliot has also made a name for himself as a bandleader and composer, presenting duo, trio, and quartet performances, notably at the DC Jazz fest and Capital Bop’s Jazz Loft. He has recorded on many albums and has an extensive resume of radio and TV performances. Eliot is currently continuing his musical studies by pursuing a Master in Music from Howard University.