Hometown: New York City
Web site: http://www.eliyamin.com
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Eli Yamin is a pianist, singer, composer, co-founder, Managing and Artistic Director of The Jazz Drama Program, a non profit, 501(c)3 organization that creates more diverse, inclusive and compassionate communities through jazz music, theatre and dance. Eli has performed in New York at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, in Washington DC at the White House and on tour in over 20 countries as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. Eli co-writes jazz musicals for young people with Clifford Carlson and has published Noraís Ark, about breaking social dogma to address environmental crisis, Holding the Torch For Liberty, about the fight for womenís suffrage, and Message From Saturn, a space odyssey about the healing power of the blues. Eliís Cdís as a bandleader include You Canít Buy Swing with jazz quartet, I Feel So Glad, with blues band and Louieís Dream, for our jazz heroes with New Orleans based clarinetist Evan Christopher. Eli is the founding director of Jazz at Lincoln Centerís Middle School Jazz Academy and led the program for ten years providing a groundbreaking model for youth, creativity and culture centered jazz education. He also filmed over 100 instructional videos for the online learning portal, The Jazz Academy, and co-authored a manual for teaching jazz to middle school students. He is working on a book with LaFrae Sci called So You Want To Sing The Blues, to be published in 2018 by Rowman and Littlefied. Eli teaches courses in blues and jazz history and singing at Marymount College Manhattan. He was raised on the bandstand and mentored by jazz masters Walter Perkins, Barry Harris, Illinois Jacquet, Mercedes Ellington and Amiri Baraka. He holds a Masters degree in music education from Lehman College, City University of New York and lives in New York City with his wife, Lorraine and 11-year old daughter, Manika.
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