South Florida JAZZ
18th Anniversary Gala
Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 8:00 PM
Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center
3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
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"Bossa Nova Stories"
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 by age 12 she was transcribing solos from some of the great jazz masters. By the time she was 15 she was teaching piano and improvisation at one of Brazil’s most prestigious music conservatories. Her performing career began at 17, 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, she 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 she recorded two albums on Blue Note dedicated to his works, Eliane Elias Plays Jobim and Eliane Elias Sings Jobim. The latter won “Best Vocal Album” in Japan and was awarded the ”Best Brazilian Album” in the 1999 Jazziz magazine Critics Poll.
Ms Elias was featured in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s Second Annual Celebration of America’s Music; has appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra; four appearances on Marian McPartland’s NPR Piano Jazz; the JVC Festival with Sting, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, and Caetano Veloso at Lincoln Center in New York; the televised Piano Grand, a Gala celebration for the 300th Anniversary of the Piano in Washington, DC hosted by Billy Joel; and an appearance with the BBC Jazz Orchestra, just to name a few notable performances.
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Box Office: 954-462-0222 or Toll-free: 877-311-SHOW (7469)
Funding for South Florida JAZZ is provided in part by a grant from the Broward County Board of County