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Jazz pianist Elias plays Monday at U.

Eliane Elias
Eliane Elias

One of the wonderful things about jazz music is the high value placed on the individuality of each artist. Perhaps that's one reason jazz pianist Eliane Elias is a natural for the idiom.

Combining her Brazilian roots with American jazz, Elias has gracefully carved a niche for herself in the music world. She will be performing an evening of Brazilian classics on Monday in Libby Gardner Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students (581-7100).

From her start in Steps Ahead with Randy Brecker to her current success, Elias' style has garnered praise through the years. She has collaborated with Herbie Hancock (and was nominated for a Grammy), Toots Thielemans and Stanley Clarke, and earned awards for her solo work.

Elias' most recent CD, "Kissed By Nature," signals her Bluebird Jazz debut after 16 successful years with the Blue Note label. Here, she adds her own vocals to her piano playing, infusing everything with her Brazilian musical roots.

For her Salt Lake concert, she'll be joined by bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Satoshi Takeishi. Elias will also hold a clinic for University of Utah jazz students at 11 a.m. in the Libby Gardner Concert Hall the morning of the concert. The public is invited.


Rebecca Cline Howard