Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Elliott played in various local R&B and jazz groups, including The Indiana University Jazz Ensemble, as well as studying music with the renowned David Baker, Jazz Department Chair at Indiana University.
In Los Angeles, Elliott has performed and /or recorded with numerous groups and individuals, including Teddy Edwards, Ernie Andrews, O.C. Smith, Wycliff Jean, Beck, The Beastie Boys, The Machito Orchestra, Rudy Calzado (former collaborator with Celia Cruz), Bobby Matos, Johnny Martinez, Tierra, The Solsonics, legendary jazz drummer Larance Marable; comedian/singer Joey Cheezhee, including appearances on "Entertainment Tonight" and an HBO special, "On The Ledge".
Elliott has also performed with the reknowned latin-ska group, Jump With Joey, including three tours of Japan, numerous recordings, and several tours of the USA. Jump With Joey was also the featured musical group at Capitol Records 50th anniversary party celebration.
In addition, Elliott has had quite a few appearances in feature films, some of which include The Addams Family, Sinatra, and Gypsy, to name a few.
Elliott was the featured trumpeter in "Nina Wachenfeld Sings Kurt Weill", one of the very few tributes in LA of the 100 year anniversary of the birth of the great composer.
For the last several years, his prime musical focus has been developing, writing and performing with his own group, which usually performs as a quintet or sextet. The first CD, Orientation, received a warm reception with numerous favorable reviews, achieving "1 most added" for US jazz radio play in November of 1999. Additionally, two songs from the cd were included in the feature film, "Relax, It's just Sex", starring Jennifer Tilly. Music from the cd has been used in numerous television programs. The group's second release, Le Supercool, has also received widespread recognition, having reached 14 for US jazz radio play in February of 2001. Following the release of Le Supercool, the Elliott Caine Quintet was invited to perform at the Equinoxe Jazz Festival in Bastia, Corsica in May of 2003. The group's third release, Blues from Mars, was enthusiastically reviewed in Sonic Magazine (Germany), Jazz Hot Magazine (France), Swing Journal (Japan), Jazz Times and Latin Beat (USA), Cadence Magazine (Canada), Old Man Jazz & Blues Magazine (Colombia, SA) and numerous others. The cd was placed on several "top 10" lists for 2006, including Chris Walker's - contributing writer to Jazz Times. The cd also has received extensive radio play on every continent throughout the world
Additionally, features, reviews, interviews and other mentions have appeared in Jazziz Magazine, the LA Jazz Scene, the LA Weekly, Pasadena Weekly, Eagle Rock News, the LA Times, and from Paris, France: Jazz Magazine and Jazz Hot Magazine, All About Jazz (both the online and print versions, in the US and abroad) as well as interviews &/or performances on KKJZ (KLON), KCRW, KPFK in Los Angeles, and other radio stations, both in the USA and abroad. Reviews have appeared in numerous internet web sites/magazines.
He was twice awarded by the city and county of Los Angeles for his outstanding contributions in the field the music.
The Elliott Caine Quintet/Sextet, inspired by the 60s "Blue Note style" jazz, has performed often in California, in venues such as The Playboy Jazz Festival, The Jazz at Drew Festival, The Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines Festival, Vibrato, The Jazz Bakery, Charlie O's, Spazio, Jax, The House of Blues, Hollywood Park Casino, Baked Potato, Luna Park, LA County Museum of Art, etc. The group has been the opening act for Poncho Sanchez, Cedar Walton, Barbara Morrison, et al. The group also appeared at the Equinoxe Festival in Bastia, Corsica, and the Atlas Festival in Istanbul, Turkey.
Their sound is an exciting mix of straight-ahead and Latin Jazz.
They are a group to be seen and heard