Eliane Elias

on Marian McPartland Piano Jazz, Sunday, August 28th, 7:00 p.m.

Interested in jazz from an early age, Brazilian born Pianist Eliane Elias was especially fascinated by the work of Art Tatum and Bud Powell. Coupled with her lifelong interest in the music of her home country, Elias performed in local jazz and bossa nova clubs while in school. She settled in New York, and has been evolving as a composer, pianist and singer ever since. With a lightning-fast right hand and command of the keyboard, Elias can handle anything, from ballads to swing to bossa nova. She is one of the foremost interpreters of the work of fellow Brazilian Antonio Carlos Jobim, which is evident as she joins McPartland for a duet of "Wave."