"I really enjoyed hearing and watching you work -your conversation was concise and thought provoking. your passion, intellect, humility and humanity was inspiring." Terrance McNight, WNYC Radio Host of Evening Music
"This man has met Thelonious Monk." Amiri Baraka, writer
"Music just flows out of him." John Corigliano, composer
Eli Yamin is Artistic Director of The Jazz Drama Program. He is a jazz and blues pianist, singer, composer, educator, broadcaster, bandleader and Steinway artist. Eli’s joyful, imaginative, bluesy and swinging piano playing and singing have led him to perform at the White House and top concert halls and festivals around the world. As a cultural ambassador touring on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Eli has shared the message of the healing and unity through music in Mali, India, China and the Balkans. As a leading educator and professional jazz advocate passionately committed to expanding the jazz audience, Eli teaches jazz worldwide to business leaders, middle school students, music teachers, college professors and performing artists. He is Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Middle School Jazz Academy and a consultant for the National Endowment For The Arts, Fordham University Graduate School of Business and WBGO Jazz Radio. Eli’s six jazz musicals for children have been performed for thousands by hundreds of young people. They include Message From Saturn, about the healing power of the blues and Nora’s Ark, a modern retelling of the biblical tale. He has recorded numerous CD’s including You Can’t Buy Swing with the Eli Yamin Jazz Quartet. Eli has played and taught with Barry Harris, Illinois Jacquet, Wynton Marsalis, Walter Perkins, Perry Robinson, Kate McGarry, Claire Daly, Evan Christopher and Bob Stewart. Eli holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education from City University of New York and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. He lives with his wife, Lorraine, and 4-year old daughter, Manika, in New York City.