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Marc Johnson Invites Eliane Elias

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Saturday, April 7 at 8:00 PM
Smith Opera House

The Smith Center for the Arts presents the 5th Annual Scott LaFaro Day Celebration Concert: Marc Johnson Invites Eliane Elias. 

This year’s celebration features Marc Johnson on Double Bass, joined by his wife, pianist and composer Eliane Elias.

Appropriate to the concert, Johnson has been an outspoken admirer of Scott LaFaro’s playing throughout his career and was himself the bassist of legendary pianist Bill Evans’ last trio. He also joined Elias on her 2008 album, Something For You, which paid tribute to the music and influence of Bill Evans.

For her own part, multi GRAMMY Award winning artist Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots, and her sensuous, alluring voice with her virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills. With 26 albums to date demonstrating her unique gifts as a pianist, singer, composer, arranger, and producer as well as melding her immense talents in jazz, pop, classical and Brazilian music, Eliane Elias is as Jazziz magazine has called her, “A citizen of the world” and “an artist beyond category.”

Scott LaFaro grew up in Geneva and went on to become one of the most influential bassists in the history of jazz as a member of the Bill Evans Trio before his untimely death at the age of 25 in a 1961 automobile accident. Geneva’s celebration of his life and his music has included the permanent designation of a downtown street as Scott LaFaro Way and concerts featuring acclaimed regional and national jazz artists. Plans are in place to commission a statue of Scott LaFaro to be placed across from The Smith Opera House in Downtown Geneva.

Drummer Tiago Michelin will also perform at this concert.

Tickets:$22-$50 (plus service fees)