Sunday, November 15, 2009

South Florida JAZZ presents Pianist-vocalist Elaine Elias for 18th Anniversary gala concert

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November 21, 2009 - South Florida JAZZ welcomes the renowned piano and vocal sensation ELIANE ELIAS performing with her quartet to celebrate the South Florida JAZZ 18th anniversary.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Brazil is a continent-sized nation blessed with abundant natural resources, including a seemingly endless supply of wonderful female singers, but none more and accomplished and ravishing than Eliane Elias, who is, at the very least, equally as renowned for her prowess as a jazz pianist. Eliane will traverse the rich musical terrain of her country with her quartet in this fundraising gala evening.

This concert takes place at the 500-seat Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd. in Davie, FL 33314. Tickets are $40 or $125 for VIP packages. All seats are reserved and may be purchased from the Broward Center box office by calling 954.462.0222 in Broward County; also toll-free at 877-311-SHOW, and online at:, the presenting organization’s official Web site.

VIP packages include:
• Best seats first
• Pre-concert Gourmet Fare & Wine reception with live music by the
   award-winning New World School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble
• 2010 South Florida JAZZ membership
• Discounts to all concert series performances
• Members-only promotions

Eliane Elias

Pianist-singer-composer Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style that blends her impressive instrumental and compositional skills with a sensuous, alluring voice, delicately flavored by her Brazilian heritage. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Eliane demonstrated musical talent at a very early age. She began piano studies at age seven, and at age 12 she was transcribing solos from some of the great jazz masters. Remarkably, at 15 years of age, she was teaching piano and improvisation at one of Brazil’s most prestigious music conservatories. Her professional career began shortly thereafter, working with Brazilian singer-songwriter Toquinho and the great poet Vinicius de Moraes, who was also the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim’s co-writer and lyricist. At 21, Eliane left home for New York and quickly claimed the piano chair in the acclaimed, forward-looking jazz band, Steps Ahead.

Considered one of the great interpreters of Jobim’s music, Ms. Elias has been featured in many concert tributes to the master, and recorded two albums on Blue Note Records dedicated to his works, Eliane Elias Plays Jobim and Eliane Elias Sings Jobim. The latter won Best Vocal Album in Japan and was recognized as the Best Brazilian Album in the 1999 Jazziz magazine Critics Poll.

Eliane Elias was featured in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s Second Annual Celebration of America’s Music. She has appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; with the BBC Jazz Orchestra in London, and at Carnegie Hall with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and at Carnegie Hall to name just a few notable performances.

In 2007, Ms. Elias released Something for You - Eliane Elias Sings and Plays Bill Evans, which received Best Vocal Album of the Year and the Gold Disc Award from the Recording Industry Association of Japan, the third consecutive recording that Eliane received these awards, and her fourth all-time. It is a disservice to her pianistic skills that the accolades are directed to singing because her piano playing is so impressive, and she sings on only six of the 16 tracks. In early 2009, Blue Note Records released the remarkable Bossa Nova Stories that features the cream of Brazil’s rhythm players in Eliane’s band. The CD immediately went to the top of the charts on iTunes and everywhere else. This performance for South Florida JAZZ on November 21, 2009 supports that most recent recording effort by one of Brazil and America’s most gifted musical artists.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Division

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