Born and raised in Berkeley, CA, Eli began his musical career playing piano in
the award winning Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble. While still in high school he
toured Europe to play the Umbria, Montreux And Vienne Jazz Festivals.
During his senior year he took up the Hammond B-3 Organ and began
gigging at San Francisco organ clubs like The Boom Boom Room, Club
Deluxe, The Purple Onion, the Alpha Bar and Bacar.
Eli went on to receive a BA in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, where he studied
jazz performance with Kenny Burrell. While living in LA, Eli performed at
venues like The Jazz Bakery, Catalina’s Bar and Grill, The Mint and the
Temecula Valley Jazz Festival