American Jazz, By Way of Brazil

Brazilian jazz pianist and singer Eliane Elias melds bossa nova with the great works of American jazz legend Bill Evans at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Fans of jazz and Brazilian music are in for a treat! Virtuosic singer and pianist Eliane Elias will perform for two magical nights in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s grandest space, the Rose Theater. With a Grammy for best Latin jazz album under her belt and a total of nine nominations, including two for her 2017 release, Dance of Time, Elias is one of the most recognized voices in the Latin music world.

Through the improvisation of jazz, she seamlessly blends Brazil’s most popular genres—samba and bossa nova—and builds on the music of other Brazilian musical legends (her fifth studio album, Eliane Elias Plays Jobim, is dedicated entirely to the sounds of composer Antônio Carlos Jobim). In her 26 albums to date, Elias has not only become a master of her home traditions but has taken the U.S. modern jazz scene by storm; she has collaborated with the likes of award-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker and bandleader Herbie Hancock.


In this show, she’ll present the best of her Brazilian repertoire, but she has an extra-special treat in store for jazz fans as she takes on the music of Bill Evans, one of the most influential American jazz pianists. Evans is perhaps best known for his work with the Miles Davis Quintet and for drumming on Kind of Blue (aka the bestselling jazz record in history). Elias will be joined by former members of Evans’s iconic trio, including Joe LaBarbera and Marc Johnson. The icing on the cake: They’ll play two of Evans’s unpublished compositions. Yes, that’s right, jazzheads; you can pick your jaw up off the floor now.

Eliane Elias: From Bill Evans to Brazil
Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle
Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4
8 p.m.

Bonus: We are giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner who subscribes to our newsletter through October 29.