Eliane Elias Quartet

Eliane Elias Quartet

Saturday, May 21, 8:00pm
at YBCA Forum

Eliane Elias
Absolute Artistry Series: SFJAZZ Members Only  
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Eliane Elias Quartet

The best of Brazil and New York City come together in pianist Eliane Elias. A prodigy who was weaned on jazz by her mother, a classical pianist, Elias started transcribing and playing along with records by Bud Powell, Art Tatum and Miles Davis before she was a teenager. At 13 she was studying classical music at the Free Center of Music Apprenticeship, one of Brazil’s leading conservatories, and by 15 she was an alumnus hired to teach master classes. Elias made the move to New York in 1981 and she’s been thriving ever since, whether holding down the keyboard chair in legendary fusion band Steps Ahead, co-leading a hard bop combo with then-husband Randy Brecker, or recording under her own name for a series of fantastic albums on Blue Note. A highly lyrical player with an exquisite touch and breathtakingly subtle rhythmic sensibility, Elias has also emerged in recent years as a sensuous singer who puts her own stamp on beloved Brazilian standards, best exemplified by her most recent release, Bossa Nova Stories, featuring bassist Marc Johnson and guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves. As her many disciples well know, an evening with Eliane Elias is a rare treat — and this one’s for SFJAZZ Members only!

Artist Personnel

Eliane Elias piano
Rubens de La Corte guitar
Marc Johnson bass
Rafael Barata drums

Artist Website

"Elias is among the major jazz pianists of our times. " — San Francisco Examiner
"Elias commands the keyboard with a forceful two-handed muscularity that belies her image as a blond younger sister of the mythical Girl From Ipanema. " — The New York Times