Eliane Elias: Sinatra Night | SFJAZZ
Eliane Elias: Sinatra Night
Delving into the rich songbook associated with the Chairman of the Board, one of Brazil’s reigning jazz pianist, vocalists, and composers pays homage to one of her greatest influences. A prodigious artist who was transcribing the solos of Bud Powell, Miles Davis, and Art Tatum before she attended high school, Eliane Elias’ early life in São Paulo was steeped not only in the songs of her Brazilian homeland but the inescapable influence of music coming from the U.S. Naturally, Frank Sinatra’s looming presence on radio made a sizable impact, and Elias has performed and recorded several of the tunes immortalized on Sinatra’s landmark 1967 bossa nova collaboration Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim, including Jobim’s “Dindi” and “Garota de Ipanema” as well as the tropical-ized version of George Forrest’s “Baubles, Bangles and Beads.” For this night, Elias delves further into Sinatra’s expansive songbook. Combining the sensuous, sun-splashed melodicism of Brazil with the harmonic sophistication of New York City, Elias brings together the best of two extravagantly rich musical worlds, and interprets the music of Sinatra with a distinctly Brazilian flair.
Eliane Elias piano, vocals
Marc Johnson bass
Rubens de La Corte guitar
Rafael Barata drums, percussion