Eliane Elias

A São Paulo native long based in New York, Eliane Elias is a virtuoso pianist whose classical training neatly complements her improvisational prowess in a variety of jazz contexts, plus her potent Brazilian roots. She was playing with the likes of Toquinho and Vinicius de Moraes in her teens, then moved to the States in her early 20s and joined the fusion super-group Steps Ahead. Launching her solo career not long afterward, she gradually started singing as well, her sensuous voice glowing with that sense of sly swing that's uniquely Brazilian. Her latest, Bossa Nova Stories (Blue Note), a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the genre, features delightful versions of bossa nova standards such as "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Desafinado," plus bossa interpretations of American standards from Gershwin, Mercer, and Stevie Wonder. The last's slinky "Superwoman" features harmonica great Toots Thielemans. That album followed a superb Bill Evans tribute, Something for You, notably including Elias's husband, Marc Johnson, who played bass in Evans's final band.
Mon., March 29, 8 p.m.; Tue., March 30, 7 & 9:30 p.m., 2010

 
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