Eliane Elias

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Eliane Elias
Born (1960-03-19) 19 March 1960 (age 54)
São Paulo, Brazil
Genres Jazz
Occupations Musician & composer
Instruments Vocals & Piano
Associated acts Steps Ahead, Randy Brecker, Marc Johnson
Website Official website

Eliane Elias (Portuguese: [ɛliˈani eˈliəʃ]; born March 19, 1960 in São Paulo, Brazil)[1][2] is a Brazilian jazz pianist, singer, arranger and songwriter.[3]


Elias started with the piano at age seven. She studied at the Free Center of Music Apprenticeship in São Paulo. She joined Brazilian singer/guitarist/songwriter Toquinho and poet/entertainer Vinicius de Moraes when she was 17 years old, with whom she made concert tours for three years, mainly through South America.

On a tour in Europe in 1981, she met jazz bassist Eddie Gómez and was encouraged to travel to New York. After moving there, she was invited to join Steps Ahead, and recorded one album with the group in 1983. After leaving Steps Ahead, she worked with trumpet player Randy Brecker, whom she subsequently married. They recorded an album named Amanda, after their daughter. In 1988 she was elected as "Best New Talent" by the JAZZIZ magazine poll of jazz critics. She divorced Randy in the early 1990s.[4]

She has recorded several notable albums, including one featuring duets with Herbie Hancock. Their 1995 disc Solos and Duets was nominated for a Grammy[5] in the "Jazz instrumental video" category. In 1997, American musician Bob Brookmeyer dedicated a full album to his arrangements of Eliane's compositions, backed by the Danish Jazz Orchestra and published under the name of Impulsive!,[6] which received another Grammy nomination as "Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album" in 2001.

Elias was one of the featured artists in the Latin jazz documentary, Calle 54, released in 2000. In 2002 she made her first appearance on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz radio program (and another in 2008). She is married to bassist Marc Johnson, with whom she has produced several albums including the ECM Records release titled Shades of Jade which features Eliane's writing and piano-playing. This recording won the Best Foreign Release Award in Denmark in 2006 and was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the five best Fall releases in 2005.[1]


Solo albums[edit]

  • 1986: Illusions (Denon Records)
  • 1987: Cross Currents (Denon Records, Blue Note)
  • 1989: So Far So Close (Blue Note)
  • 1990: Eliane Elias Plays Jobim (Blue Note)
  • 1991: A Long Story (Manhattan Records)
  • 1992: Fantasia (Blue Note)
  • 1993: Paulistana (Blue Note)
  • 1993: On the Classical Side (EMI Classics)
  • 1994: Solos and Duets (Blue Note), with Herbie Hancock
  • 1996: The Three Americas (Blue Note)
  • 1997: Impulsive! (Stunt Records), with Bob Brookmeyer & The Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra, play the music of Elias
  • 1998: Sings Jobim (Blue Note)
  • 2000: Everything I Love (Blue Note, EMI Records)
  • 2002: Kissed By Nature (RCA/Bluebird)
  • 2004: Dreamer (Bluebird)
  • 2006: Around the City (RCA Victor)
  • 2008: Something For You: Eliane Elias Sings & Plays Bill Evans (Blue Note)
  • 2008: Bossa Nova Stories (Blue Note)
  • 2009: Plays Live ((Somethin’ Else/EMI))
  • 2011: Light My Fire (Concord Picante)
  • 2013: I Thought About You (A Tribute To Chet Baker) (Concord)


  • 1995: Best of
  • 2001: The Best of Eliane Elias, Vol. 1: Originals
  • 2003: Timeless Eliane Elias (Savoy Jazz)
  • 2003: Brazilian Classics (Blue Note)
  • 2004: Giants of Jazz: Eliane Elias (Savoy Jazz)
  • 2005: Sings & Plays

Collaborative works[edit]

Within Steps Ahead
With Randy Brecker
  • 1985: Amanda (Passport)
With Marc Johnson

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Eliane Elias biography. Browse Biography. 20 November 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  2. ^ Eliane Elias: Around The City (2006). All About Jazz. 30 September 2006. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Eliane Elias Biography". AllAboutJazz.com. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  4. ^ Elias, Eliane. Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians.
  5. ^ "Jazz Instrumental Video Grammy nomination: "The Way You Look Tonight"". CNN.com. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  6. ^ Eliane Elias/Bob Brookmeyer and the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra -- Impulsive!. JazzTimes, January/February 2002. Retrieved 21 April 2012.

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