Originally from Raleigh, Mississippi, DC-based drummer and music educator Kelton Norris is known across the DC jazz scene for his fiery and collaborative playing. Kelton currently teaches at several locations across the tri-state area, such as Sidwell Friends School, International School of Music, and Shepherd University. Kelton is a teacher who bases his teachings on the history of music and instrumental technique, as well as the goals and aspirations of each individual student.
He maintains a full-time performance schedule and has performed with such artists as Sharon Clark, Jose Andre Montano, Jessica Boykin-Settles, Hamiet Bluiett, Cyrus Chestnut, Vincent Gardner, Allyn Johnson, Afro-Blue, Levon Mikaelian, Rodney Whitaker, Warren Wolf, Thad Wilson, Paul Bollenback, Herman Burney Jr., Ron Blake, Victor Provost, Elijah Jamal Balbed, Shannon Gunn, and many more. As a member of the EJB Quartet, Kelton is a winner of the the 2020 D.C. Prix, an international jazz competition presented by the D.C.Jazz Festival. Kelton received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Music Education and Masters in Jazz Performance from Northern Illinois University.