Born in Sao Paulo,
Brazil, Eliane Elias learned the piano at age 7, and was already transcribing heaping solo portions
of her parents' jazz records by the age of 12.
After studying for 6 years (and teaching by age 15) at Brazil's prestigious Free
Center of Music Apprenticeship, where she learned to hone her incredible improvisational
skills, she continued her classical education with Amilton Godoy and Amoral
Vieria. She was also the protege of Vinicius de Moraes, lyricist and songwriting
partner of Antonio Carios
Jobim, a huge influence on Eliane's work and master of the Brazilian Bossa Nova movement that indelibly influenced many American songwriters.
By age 17, she was touring with the best Bossa Nova composers and interpreters the world had to
offer, composing her own pieces and performing at jazz dubs regularly. It was during
this period she was befriended by jazz bassist Eddie Gomez and encouraged to come to New York City where she could showcase her incredible talent to the world.
Eliane moved to New York in 1981 and studied privately with Olegna Fuschi at the Julliard School of Music, eventually joining jazz 'supergroup' Steps Ahead
(whose members included Gomez, Michael Brecker, Peter Ersta'ne and Mike Mainieri).
Signed to Blue Note Records in 1986, after releasing her debut album
Amanda (named after her daughter), Eliane would ultimately become the label's most
prolific and enduring artist, delivering 15 albums, mostly instrumental - a great deal of
them topping Billboard's Jazz charts, including 1995's Grammy nominated
Solos & Duets,
featuring Herbie Hancock, and 1998's vocal turning-point,
her first full-length foray into the vocal arena (and a follow-up to her earlier ode to
Eliane Elias Plays Jobim).
Eliane signed with RCA/Bluebird Jazz in 2002, releasing the sultry
Kissed by Nature. 2004's
Dreamer was her second album for the new label, and a wake-up call to fans that Eliane's vocal adventures were just beginning. "Once I began singing more, fans
would actually come up to me afterwards and ask me to please sing more in future
also began to realize there was a technical side to it as fascinating as the
piano. What I loved about working on Around The City is that there are songs where I stretch
my abilities with both playing and singing."
Around the City (2006) finds her backed by Randy Brecker. Marc Johnson, Oscar-Castro Neves, Paulo Braga. Paulinho
da Costa and many more.