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Eli Yamin

Eli Yamin is a jazz and blues pianist, composer, singer, producer and educator. Raised in the bands of jazz masters Walter Perkins, Illinois Jacquet and Barry Harris, his joyful and imaginative piano playing have taken him around the world with his own groups as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State and led him to perform and teach at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City and President Obama’s White House. Yamin co-founded and serves as Managing and Artistic Director Jazz Power Initiative, a non-profit organization that transforms lives through jazz arts education. Yamin’s compositions like “A Healing Song,” about the healing power of the blues, and “Rwandan Child” about the wisdom of children awaken audiences shared sense of humanity, love, and joy

Rah! Rah!

Label: Ride Symbol
Released: 2020
Track listing: Blue Lady; Serenade to a Cuckoo; Volunteered Slavery/Everyday People; Simone; Funk Underneath; Theme for the Eulipions; Alfie; Momentus Brighticus; Blues for Alice; I'll Be Seeing You

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Claire Daly Band: Rah! Rah!

Read "Rah! Rah!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Award-winning baritone saxophonist Claire Daly isn't blowing her own horn on Rah! Rah! (well, she is, but more about that in a moment)--she's saluting one of her musical inspirations, the late Rahsaan Roland Kirk, a once-in-a-blue- moon talent who left us far too soon. Kirk, who lived only forty-two years, was quite literally a multi-instrumentalist, often ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Claire Daly: Rah! Rah!

Read "Rah! Rah!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Ask a casual fan about Rahsaan Roland Kirk's impact and you're likely to receive a remark about multi-horn madness—a man wielding three at once, brazenly blowing the walls down. But Kirk, of course, was so much more than that enduring image. His writing, performing, spirit and humanity spoke to the ages, reaching out and grabbing ahold ...

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Baritone Saxophonist Claire Daly Salutes One Of Her Chief Musical Inspirations On 'Rah! Rah!,' To Be Released October 2 On Ride Symbol Records

Baritone Saxophonist Claire Daly Salutes One Of Her Chief Musical Inspirations On 'Rah! Rah!,' To Be Released October 2 On Ride Symbol Records

Baritone saxophonist Claire Daly celebrates the music and influence of the great Rahsaan Roland Kirk with all the enthusiasm promised by the title of Rah! Rah!, her new album. Set for an October 2 release on Ride Symbol Records, it’s a quartet date featuring pianist Eli Yamin, bassist Dave Hofstra, and drummer Peter Grant. It also ...

Message From Saturn

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: A Healing Song; Departure Overture; Mary Lou Williams; How Do I Play Harmonica; Skimming the Atmosphere; Message From Saturn; Milky way to The Big Bang; Bebe’s Theme; Music Holds the Key; Traveling The Milky Way; Earth Stomp; traveling The Milky Way To Water; Ocean Swing; Traveling The Milky Way To Air; You can Call Me Louise; Into The Fire; Blues Theme; Mournful Travel; Key To The Night Sky; Mournful Travel Variation; Big Nancy Blues.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eli Yamin: Message From Saturn

Read "Message From Saturn" reviewed by James Nadal

The Jazz Drama Program was founded in 2003, in New York City, by pianist and composer Eli Yamin, and educator Clifford Carlson, to stimulate youth by offering diverse and imaginative jazz, theater, and dance programs with active participation of those enrolled. Message From Saturn takes its title from a famous Sun Ra comment: “I just got ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Sun Ra Tribute "Message From Saturn" by Eli Yamin - Available on October 10th

Sun Ra Tribute "Message From Saturn" by Eli Yamin - Available on October 10th

"Saxophonist Knoel Scott told me Sun Ra came into rehearsal and said, 'I just got a message from Saturn. We are not playing enough blues!' I thought about this for ten years, then joined up with Clifford Carlson to write this story." —Eli Yamin Liner notes from Message From Saturn A Space Odyssey of three young ...

Louie's Dream: For Our Jazz Heroes

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013
Track listing: Louie's Dream; The Mooche; You Gotta Treat It Gentle; It's The Way That You Talk; Don't Go Back On Your Raisin;; What's your Story Morning Glory; Azalea; My Jazz Hero; Baraka 75; Let His Love Take Me Higher; Impromptu; Dancers In Love; Louie's Dream Reprise.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eli Yamin and Evan Christopher: Louie's Dream: For Our Jazz Heroes

Read "Louie's Dream: For Our Jazz Heroes" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Hero worship has long been a magnetic force that helps to draw in the next generation of musicians, yet this very concept is often pooh-poohed by a segment of the musical and artistic community. These people feel that new is always better, and that originality can't thrive if artists acknowledge their forefathers and wear their influences ...


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