Eliane Elias

Eliane Elias

Eliane Elias

Friday, October 19, 8:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Eliane Elias
Absolute Artistry Series: Brilliance From Brazil  
Almost Sold Out

Eliane Elias

A captivating performer who combines the sensuous, sun-splashed melodicism of Brazil with the harmonic sophistication of New York City, São Paulo-born Eliane Elias brings together the best of two extravagantly rich musical worlds. The masterly pianist and ethereal singer returns with a stellar band featuring guitarist Rubens de la Corte, drummer Rafael Barata, and famed bassist Marc Johnson (best known for his long stint with piano legend Bill Evans). Transcribing and playing along with records by Bud Powell, Art Tatum and Miles Davis before she even reached high school, Elias made an immediate splash in New York when she settled there in 1981. Soon after, she appeared in the original Steps Ahead group, along with the likes of jazz giants Michael Brecker and Peter Erskine. Elias has been thriving ever since, most importantly as a bandleader with a series of wonderful Blue Note albums. Her latest recording for Concord, Light My Fire, features expansive repertoire, from collaborations with Gilberto Gil to a supremely hip interpretation of the Doors’ title track. Join us for an enchanting evening with one of Brazil’s greatest exports.

Artist Personnel

Eliane Elias vocals, piano
Rubens de la Corte guitar
Marc Johnson bass
Rafael Barata drums

Artist Website

"Eliane Elias has come to epitomize a cool, sophisticated jazz sensibility, especially on the bossa nova songs of her native Brazil. " — All About Jazz
"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

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