Vocal Jazz Highlight of the Week In Los Angeles: Eliane Elias in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast Tonight

By Don Heckman Eliane Elias is back in L.A. tonight, performing at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica.  And that’s great news for lovers of fine jazz vocalizing. And lovers of fine jazz piano. And lovers of both talents in the same artist. Which is what audiences experience at an Eliane Elias performance. Wish we… Read More Vocal Jazz Highlight of the Week In Los Angeles: Eliane Elias in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast Tonight

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Live Music: Eliane Elias, Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin, and Boz Scaggs at the Hollywood Bowl.

By Don Heckman lt usually takes a while before a performer can generate enough dynamic energy to begin to steal the show. But at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night, the opening act – Brazilian pianist/singer Eliane Elias – claimed a large chunk of the evening’s creative territory before her relatively brief half hour set was… Read More Live Music: Eliane Elias, Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin, and Boz Scaggs at the Hollywood Bowl.

Live Jazz: Eliane Elias and Her Trio at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman Eliane Elias’ memorable performance at Catalina Bar & Grill last night was an impressive reminder of the creative interpretations that the Brazilian-born pianist/singer brings to every song she touches. It recalled the first time I heard Eliane in action, several decades ago at the original Catalina Bar & Grill, when it was… Read More Live Jazz: Eliane Elias and Her Trio at Catalina Bar & Grill

Brian Arsenault’s Short Takes: New CDs from Nik Bartsch’s Ronin, the Elina Duni Quartet, Eliane Elias and Marc Johnson

 Of Faraway Places with Strange Sounding Names (Like Nebraska)  By Brian Arsenault  Nik Bartsch Nik Bartsch’s Ronin Live (ECM) I have been Swept Away by music from such exotic places as Albania, Switzerland, Brazil and Nebraska. What’s exotic about Switzerland, you ask? Meet Nick Bartsch and his Ronin if you haven’t before.  We’ll continue our… Read More Brian Arsenault’s Short Takes: New CDs from Nik Bartsch’s Ronin, the Elina Duni Quartet, Eliane Elias and Marc Johnson