Eli Yamin TRIO
Eli Yamin Trio plays "Swingin' The Blues"
New York City-based pianist, composer and singer Eli Yamin brings his joyful,
imaginative and narrative approach to jazz to the Jazz Loft featuring music by
jazz icons Bessie Smith and Joe Williams as well as his own compositions on
hot topics such as climate change and the healing power of the blues. Eli will
be joined by Detroit native and recent Julliard grad Endea Owens on bass
and Philadelphia via Fort Greene drummer in demand Dwayne "Cook" Broadnax
“Eli reminds me of Pete Seeger. He’s a musician playing for a better world.
Eli doesn’t just play for you. He wants the essence of his jazz to infiltrate
your community.” Becca Pulliam, Executive Producer, National Public Radio.
Eli Yamin, a Steinway artist, was born in East Patchogue, Long Island and has performed as a jazz and blues ambassador for the United States in over 25 countries and in the U.S. at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the White House. His three youth-centered musicals: Nora’s Ark, Holding the Torch For Liberty and Message From Saturn, have been performed internationally in four languages and across the United States, bringing diverse communities together through jazz and blues to tell socially uplifting stories.His recordings include You Can’t Buy Swing with his jazz quartet; I Feel So Glad, with his blues band; Louie’s Dream, dedicated to “our jazz heroes,” with New Orleans-based clarinetist Evan Christopher, and Live In Burghausen with jazz icon, Illinois Jacquet. Eli is the founder of Jazz Power Initiative, a non profit organization that transforms lives through jazz arts education.
Bassist Endea Owens hails from Detroit and has toured and performed with Jazzmeia Horn, Steve Turre, Jennifer Holliday, Camille Thurman, and Lea DeLaria from the Netflix original series "Orange is The New Black". Ms. Owens has performed in Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago in cultural exchange programs. She has also performed at jazz festivals in Switzerland, Paraguay, The Cayman Islands, South Korea, Detroit, and San Francisco. Recently, Endea was featured on ABC 7 News (New York) with Sandy Kenyon and “Here and Now” playing on 6,500 taxis in the New York area. Endea was also featured recently in The Wall Street Journal and Billboard Magazine. Endea Owens recently completed her Master’s degree in jazz studies at The Juilliard School.
Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax was born in Philadelphia but now lives in Brooklyn where he teaches Trap Drum Set Concepts at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University. He received his B.A. in jazz performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Cook was the drummer for the late great jazz vocalist Little Jimmy Scott for 14 years up until his death in 2014. He has also played with Kevin Eubanks, Johnny Copeland, Savion Glover, Eartha Kitt, Rachell Ferrell and saxophonist Illinois Jaquet. Mr. Broadnax has recorded with actress/model/singer Vanessa Williams, Jimmy Scott, Vanessa Rubin and Grammy Award winner Johnny Copeland. Mr. Broadnax performed in the blockbuster-hit Spike Lee movie Malcolm X and recently appeared on the hit television show Madame Secretary on CBS. Drummer for Concord church for over ten years, his self produced debut CD is entitled Finally Mine. Cook is the proud father of 2 children.