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Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos


Piano Grand!
A Smithsonian Celebration

Photo of Elias by Robert Smith
Eliane Elias

The electrically-charged Eliane Elias is the first to incorporate the rhythms of Jazz, Brazilian, Argentine and Caribbean music into one original sound. At the age of 12, this native of Sao Paolo, Brazil, was transcribing Bud Powell and Art Tatum solos. By 15, she was appointed Music Director of the piano department and teaching master classes at Sao Paolo's prestigious Free Center of Music Apprenticeship. Her repertoire includes 13 albums to date and a 1995 Grammy Award nomination with collaborator Herbie Hancock for their work on Solos and Duets. People magazine said of Elias, "She is a rare vocalist who is even stronger as an instrumentalist and is crossing boundaries with increasing Úlan."

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Piano 300
American History
National Museum of American History