Eliane Elias Quartet | SFJAZZ

Eliane Elias

Eliane Elias Quartet

 

Eliane Elias Quartet

Thursday, May 11, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Eliane Elias

Eliane Elias Quartet

A superlative pianist and evocative singer who combines the sensuous, sun-splashed melodicism of Brazil with the harmonic sophistication of New York City, São Paulo-born Eliane Elias made an immediate splash in New York when she settled there in 1981, becoming an original member of the seminal fusion band Steps Ahead with Mike Mainieri, Michael Brecker, Eddie Gomez, and Peter Erskine. Since that auspicious debut, Elias has been thriving as a bandleader, leading a telepathic and flexible quartet able to navigate fire-breathing bebop and gentle sambas with equal aplomb. Beginning in the late 80s, she has recorded a succession of wide-ranging sessions for Blue Note and Concord encompassing jazz standards, solo piano, and the music of her homeland as well as tributes to influential icons Bill Evans and Chet Baker. On the heels of a 2016 GRAMMY win for her last Concord release, Made in Brazil, Elias returns with her current quartet featuring famed bassist Marc Johnson (best known for his long stint with piano legend Bill Evans) in support of her brand new Concord album. Join us for an evening with one of Brazil’s greatest exports.

Artist Personnel

Eliane Elias piano, vocals
Marc Johnson bass
other artists TBA

Artist Website

"Elias’ strengths as a jazz artist, combined with her roots in São Paulo, maker her one of the most impressive interpreters of jazz-linked bossa novas, sambas, and choros " — Los Angeles Times
"Elias’s keyboard work is masterful, and her subtle vocals could melt the coldest of hearts. Her boss nova and samba material mirrors the songbooks of the great Brazilian masters " — DownBeat

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