Elaine Elias, Three Stages
With a musical style that blends Brazilian roots, a sensuous, alluring voice and impressive compositional and piano skills, “there is really nobody like Elaine Elias” (New York Observer). She has recorded duets with Herbie Hancock and classical music with opera sensation Denyce Graves; she has been nominated for numerous Grammy Awards and all of her recordings have reached the top five on Billboard. And then there is the spell she weaves over her audience. “Elaine Elias does sultry very well” (Icon).
ELIANE ELIAS will perform in Three Stages on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $19-$29, Premium $39; Students with ID $12; they may be purchased online at www.threestages.net or from Three Stages Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, Calif., facing East Bidwell Street.
Born in São Paolo, Brazil, Eliane Elias was a child prodigy in her native country, transcribing solos of the great jazz masters by age 12 and teaching piano and improvisation at Brazil’s top school by 15. When she arrived in New York City in 1981, she astonished listeners, critics and fellow musicians alike with her pianistic fluency and charismatic stage presence. After a turn in the original acoustic line-up of Steps Ahead, she launched her starry career as a solo artist. A long line of chart-topping, Grammy Award-nominated recordings for Blue Note, RCA Victor and Concord followed, seeing her shine as both pianist and vocalist, as both an interpreter of classic Brazilian material and a composer of sophisticated, alluring original material. In 2000 appeared Impulsive!, an album of Elias’s music arranged by Bob Brookmeyer and performed by the pianist along with the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra. Elias made her ECM debut in 2005 on bassist Marc Johnson’s Shades of Jade, not only playing piano but also contributing several compositions.
Swept Away—Ms. Elias’s most recent CD, released September 25, 2012-- sees the top-class foursome of double-bassist Marc Johnson, pianist Eliane Elias, drummer Joey Baron and saxophonist Joe Lovano commune over music that is engaging and sensual, poetic and swinging. Brazilian-born star Elias previously joined Baron and Lovano on Johnson’s 2005 ECM album, Shades of Jade, which reaped praise far and wide. The New York Times enthused over the “luminescence” created by the close partnership between Johnson and Elias, while The Village Voice said the album was “shimmering” yet “its lusciousness has all sorts of tensile strength.”