NYC Young Black Professionals- Weekly Listings

05 January 2009

Elaine Elias: Bossa Nova Stories

When: 9 Jan 2009, 6:30pm
Where: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center
20 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10023

Let's go to Dizzy's Club Coca Cola for some Brazilian Jazz: Eliane Elias, piano/vocals; Marc Johnson, bass; Rafael Barata, drums.

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center Broadway at 60th Street
5th Floor

Call: 212 258-9595 or 9795. Seating is available on a first-come first-served basis either at tables or at the bar.

Cover Charge:
Artist Sets: $20-$35
Food & Beverage: $10 minimum, table; $5 minimum, bar

Doors open at 6pm for the 7:30pm set. Please note that all reservations are released 15 minutes prior to the start of the performance.

[b]Pianist/singer/songwriter, Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots, her sensuous, alluring voice with her impressive instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Eliane Elias’ musical talents began to show at an early age. She started studying piano at age seven and at age twelve was transcribing solos from the great jazz masters. By the time she was fifteen she was teaching piano and improvisation at one of Brazil’ s most prestigious schools of music. Her performing career began in Brazil at age seventeen, working with Brazilian singer/songwriter Toquinho and the great poet Vinicius de Moraes who was also Antonio Carlos Jobim’s co-writer/lyricist. In 1981 she headed for New York and in 1982 landed a spot in the acclaimed group Steps Ahead.

In 1988 she was voted Best New Talent by the jazz critics poll of JAZZIZ magazine.

Together with Herbie Hancock in their duet, she was nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Jazz Solo Performance” category for her 1995 release, “Solos and Duets” .This recording was hailed by Musician Magazine as “a landmark in piano duo history.”

Ms. Elias’ “AROUND THE CITY” cd was released on RCA Victor in August 2006 . It merges bits of Bossa Nova, with shades of pop, jazz, latin, and rock’n roll. AROUND THE CITY features Ms. Elias’ vocals and songwriting in collaborations with producers Andres Levin and Lester Mendez as well as fresh takes on pop classics such as Tito Puente’s “Oye Como Va” and Bob Marley’s “Jammin”. Her song “Running” was featured on the ABC series “brothers and Sisters”. Around the City won “Best Vocal Album of the Year”and “Gold Disc” 2006 awards in Japan. It reached #1 on the World Music Charts USA and debuted on the French Jazz Charts as #1.

As a guest artist she has appeared on performances and recordings with Joe Henderson, James Taylor, Michael Franks, Mingus Dynasty, Andy Summers, the Grammy winning Brecker Bros’. Out of the Loop, Earl Klugh, Toots Thielemans Brazil Project , Ivan Lins, Denyce Graves, Steps Ahead, Calle 54, and Marc Johnson’s “Shades of Jade” on ECM Records, an instrumental recording she co-produced and contributed many of her own original compositions. “Shades of Jade” received the Danish Music Award as Best Foreign Release in March 2006.

Ms.Elias was featured in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s televised Second Annual “Celebration of America’s Music” at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, four times on Marion 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 the BBC Jazz Orchestra to name a few.

Eliane’s new cd Bossa Nova Stories was released this past summer in Japan and Europe. Bossa Nova Stories debuted at #1 on the French Charts and remained #1 for three consecutive weeks. It’s was also the #1 Best Selling Jazz Vocal Album in Japan, May-June 2008 (Swing Journal). This is Eliane’s second release within one year. Bossa Nova Stories was preceeded by “Something for You, Eliane Elias Sings and Plays Bill Evans”. Bossa Nova Stories is a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Bossa Nova and features Eliane’s vocals accompanied by a stellar rhythm section and orchestra. Eliane performs some of the great Bossa Nova classics and songs from the American songbook.

Please RSVP whether you will be attending this jazzy event.