Elena Ayodele Pinderhughes is an award winning vocalist, flutist, composer, and song
writer. Pinderhughes's style seamlessly blends jazz, hip-hop, and R&B influences, reflecting her diverse musical upbringing and open-minded approach to music. She began her musical journey at a young age and has since established herself as a prominent figure in the contemporary jazz and R&B music scenes, performing and touring in venues and festivals throughout theUnited States, Europe, Japan, and South America . Described by The Guardian as the “most exciting and creatively assured jazz flutist to have emerged in years”, Elena has performed in venues and festivals including: Carnegie Hall,
the White House, Kennedy Center, Coachella Music Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival,
Marciac Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and Newport Jazz Festival.
Elena was raised in the Bay Area, CA and moved to New York to study at The Manhattan School of Music. In New York, she began recording, touring and performing with artists in multiple genres including Common, Herbie Hancock, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Terrace Martin, Hubert Laws, Kenny Barron, Stefon Harris, Lionel Loueke, Terri Lyne Carrington, Josh Groban, Esperanza Spalding, Vijay Iyer, Future and others.
Elena is featured on Terrace Martins upcoming album, "Fine Tune", Herbie Hancock’s upcoming album, Common’s album, ”Black America Again”, Lupe Fiasco’s “Drogas Wave,” Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s albums "Stretch Music: Introducing Elena Pinderhughes” and “Diaspora”, Ambrose Akinmusire’s Blue Note album, “The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint,” Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy Winning album “New Standards” as well as many others. Performing with a range of musicians, as well as with her own group, Elena tours internationally with Herbie Hancock, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and Common. Her unique voice, flute playing, and writing style bring her musicality, harmony, rhythm, and culture to create a very specific sound all her own.