Latin Jazz & More
Grammy-winning pianist, singer, composer and arranger Eliane Elias is one of Brazil's most successful and respected jazz artists.
Elias started her professional career at 17 when she began working with Brazilian singer-songwriter Toquinho and touring with the literary giant Vinicius de Moraes. Moving to New York in 1981, she attended the Julliard School of Music and a few years later released her debut album Amanda, a collaboration with her then-husband Randy Brecker that’s named after their daughter.
Since then, Elias has recorded and released nearly 30 albums while working with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Steve Gadd, Stanley Clarke, Eddie Gomes, Peter Erskine, Eumir Deodato and Earl Klugh, among many others. She was also featured in Calle 54, the 2000 documentary film about Latin jazz by Oscar-winning Spanish director Fernando Trueba.
Elias remains at the forefront of Brazilian musical culture. Her 2015 album Made in Brazil and her 2017 album Dance of Time both debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in seven countries and won the Grammy Award for best Latin jazz album of the year. Here are five essential Eliane Elias albums that are guaranteed to relax and inspire you.