The Brazilian-born, New York City-based pianist, composer, singer, songwriter Eliane Elias is recognized globally for her virtuosity, alluring voice, and a versatile repertoire that includes the music of her homeland, jazz, classical music and the syntheses in between.
She took up the piano at the age of seven and fell in love with jazz at an early age. Also, she gained entry into one of Brazil’s most prestigious music schools. After graduation, she taught piano by day and performed at local nightclubs by night.
It was there that Vinicius de Moraes, the co-writer, and lyricist for Antonio Carlos Jobim saw Eliane perform and invited her to join him on his international tours. “Although I was much younger than the creators of Bossa Nova, I didn’t learn it second-hand,” says Eliane. “I witnessed, lived and breathed the music in the presence of greatness.”
In 1981 Eliane moved to New York, where she participated in jam sessions and got noticed straightaway. Shortly after that she landed a spot in the iconic jazz-fusion group, Steps Ahead, which she fondly recalls as, “the only acoustic quartet with four guys and a diva.”
Over the span of her career, Eliane Elias has released twenty-six acclaimed recordings as a leader and melded her talents in jazz, pop, classical and Brazilian music. Her 2017 release Dance of Time (Concord,2017) has received two Latin Grammy nominations, after debuting at #1 on two Billboard’s Charts, Traditional Jazz Charts, and World Music Albums Charts. Her previous album, Made In Brazil (Concord, 2015), won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album of the year.
On November 3-4, 2017 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater audiences will experience two distinct sides of Eliane’s artistry.
The first-half celebrates the music of one of Eliane’s early influences, Bill Evans. Also, it includes two members of Evans’ last trio, the bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe La Barbera. The expansive repertoire consists of selections from the album, Something For You – Eliane Elias Plays and Sings Bill Evans (EMI, 2008) and standards popularized by Evans.
The second-half, titled, a “Brazilian Journey will present music from the Grammy Award Winning album, Made in Brazil and Dance of Time. Also, it will take the audience through several generations of Brazilian compositions and features two of Brazil’s best modern musicians: drummer Rafael Barata and guitarist Rubens de La Corte.
In this unique Rose Theater concert, the Eliane Elias Trio and Quartet will take the audience on an auditory journey that spans the length of her career. “It is going to be an exceptional evening,” says Eliane, “performing the music in segments gives me the opportunity to give the audience a rich and varied musical experience”.
Eliane Elias: From Bill Evans to Brazil
November 3-4 @ 8 PM, Jazz at Lincoln Center – Rose Theater