Born: March 9, 1989 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
At age 18, award-winning tenor saxophonist and composer Eli Bennett is recognized as one of the most compelling young saxophonists in North America and is currently attending Humber College in Toronto on a full scholarship. He has performed with over a dozen music legends including Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, Maria Schneider, Roy Hargrove, James Moody, Barry Harris, and Patti Austin.
Throughout Eli's high-school career, he has traveled the continent to perform and record with some outstanding musicians. He has also won more awards and honors than any other high-school student in Canada. In 2005, at the age of 15, Eli won the Rico Reed Award at MusicFest Canada for the best high-school saxophonist in Canada. In 2007, he won the Fraser MacPherson Scholarship for the finest young jazz instrumentalist in western Canada, the Dal Richards Scholarship for best high-school musician at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Yamaha Kando Award for most outstanding young musician in Canada, as well as Canada's IAJE highest scholarship award, and most recently the prestigious Oscar Peterson Grant for Jazz Performance, a $10,000 grant awarded by the Hnatyshyn Foundation, a private Canadian charity which recognizes one outstanding young jazz musician every year. Eli's composition Mistaken Perception has also been awarded the 2007 DownBeat Magazine Student Award for best high-school composition, a 2007 Honor Award from the International Songwriting Competition, as well as an award from the Vancouver Jazz Festival for best high-school composition....