"This man has met Thelonious Monk."
Amiri Baraka, writer
Barry Harris, pianist
"Your music makes me want to move!"
Preeti Vasudevan, Choreographer
Eli Yamin is Artistic Director of The Jazz Drama Program and Director of Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Middle School Jazz Academy. He is a jazz pianist, composer, educator, broadcaster, bandleader and Steinway artist. Eli’s joyful and swinging piano playing has led him to perform at top concert halls and festivals in the United States, India, China, Mali, Japan and throughout Europe. Through his touring experiences, Eli is continually blown away by the power of jazz to uplift, inspire and build community all over the world. As a leading educator passionately committed to expanding the jazz audience, Eli is teaching jazz to business leaders, middle school students, music teachers and college professors. He is a consultant for The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad, produced with the U.S. State Department, the National Endowment for the Arts, Fordham University Graduate School of Business and WBGO Radio. Eli’s six jazz musicals for children have been performed for thousands of people by hundreds of young folks. 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 Suns of Cosmic Consciousness, with the group Solar, and most recently, You Can't Buy Swing, with the Eli Yamin Quartet. Eli has played, recorded and taught with Barry Harris, Wynton Marsalis, Illinois Jacquet, Walter Perkins, Perry Robinson, Mercedes Ellington, Kate McGarry, Claire Daly and Bob Stewart. Eli holds a Master's Degree in Music Education from Lehman College, City University of New York and has appeared on CBS Saturday Morning, PBS, Fox News and National Public Radio.