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Eliane Elias

Eliane Elias Quartet: New Album Release Celebrating the Samba

Eliane Elias Quartet

New Album Release
Celebrating the Samba

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

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Eliane Elias Quartet

Eliane Elias is bringing a whole new set of music for her opening night at SFJAZZ. 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 (Bill Evans Trio, Bass Desires), in support of her new, critically acclaimed album Dance of Time, debuting at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Album charts as well as #1 on both Billboard’s Traditional Jazz and World Music charts. Recorded in Brazil, Dance of Time celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first samba ever recorded. A superlative pianist and evocative singer who combines the sensuous, sun-splashed melodicism of Brazil with the harmonic sophistication of New York City, Sao Paulo-born Elias made an immediate splash in New York when she settled there in 1981, becoming an original member of the seminal modern jazz band, Steps Ahead. Since that auspicious debut, Elias has been thriving as a band leader, leading a telepathic and flexible quartet able to navigate fire-breathing, bebop-laced sambas and gentle bossa novas and ballads with equal aplomb. Join us for an evening with one of Brazil’s greatest exports! “Recorded in her homeland, Dance of Time shows Elias on top form, especially when euphorically racing through local standards. João Donato’s Sambou Sambou has a kick like a mule with Elias playing percussively over a tight rhythm section. Ary Barroso’s Na Batucada da Vida is a slow-burning samba that gently gathers tension as it rolls along. Elias sings and plays with insinuating sensuality. **** ” – The Times

Artist Personnel

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

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