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Elaine Elias at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

Apr 12, 2018


The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes Brazilian Grammy-winning pianist/singer/songwriter Eliane Elias performing music from Man Of La Mancha for four nights and six shows - an album release celebration. Show times are Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm, Sunday at 7:30pm. Doors at 6pm Thursday and 5:30pm Friday – Sunday. Band members include Marc Johnson (bass) and Tiago Michelin (drums).

“Melodies, melodies, sumptuous melodies. That’s the central attraction of Eliane Elias’ new album, which also features dazzling bouts of improvisation…. One need not have any familiarity with the stage or film versions of Man of La Manchato enjoy this excellent album, which is filled with hummable melodies and Elias’ impressive, right-hand improv flourishes.” - DownBeat Editors’ Pick

“A Brazilian pianist of richly shaded harmonies, Ms. Elias is equally influenced by Bill Evans and bossa nova. She is about to release Music From Man of La Mancha, which finds her immersed in the songs of an old American Broadway production based on the story of Don Quixote. Recorded in the 1990s but never released until now, the album is full of frothy repartee between Ms. Elias and two rhythm sections.” - The New York Times

“One listen to Elias…and you know she’s playing with a full quiver of creativity as well as a twinkle in her eye.” - Blogcritics

Multi GRAMMY winner Eliane Elias’ April 2018 release, Music from Man of La Mancha on Concord Records features Eliane’s interpretation of the music of this 5 Tony Award winning musical including the hit “The Impossible Dream”. The album, which was recorded years ago, has never before been released and was produced by Eliane Elias and the late Mitch Leigh, the composer of all the music in the musical and film that featured Oscar winners Sophia Loren and Peter O' Toole. When Leigh commissioned the recording he specifically looked for Eliane to interpret and arrange his songs to create an instrumental LATIN Jazz record.

Eliane’s 2017 release Dance of Time won a Latin Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album of the year after debuting at #1 on two Billboard’s Charts: Traditional Jazz Charts and World Music Albums Charts, and also at #1 on iTunes USA, Germany, France and Brazil and #1 Amazon.com Best Seller. Her previous album, Made In Brazil, won a Grammy Award® for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year. She has 9 Grammy Award® nominations to date, is a four time “Gold Disc Award” recipient and three time winner of “Best Vocal Album” in Japan to name a few accolades. Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots, her sensuous, alluring voice with her virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills. With 27 albums to date demonstrating her unique gifts as a pianist, singer, composer, arranger, and producer as well as melding her immense talents in jazz, pop, classical and Brazilian music, Eliane Elias is as Jazziz magazine has called her, “A citizen of the world” and “an artist beyond category.”