Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
Elena Kapeleris is a jazz tenor saxophonist and vocalist. Elena'a debut CD INTRODUCTION was recorded at CBC on November 30th, 2008 and will be released in April of 2009. INTRODUCTION features Elena Kapeleris on saxophone and vocals, the great Pat LaBarbera on saxophones, Tom Juhas on Guitar and Brandi Disterheft on bass.
Elena Kapeleris is a graduate of the jazz program at Humber College in Toronto, Canada. At Humber she studied saxophone with world renowned saxophonist, Pat Labarbera. During this time, Labarbera placed emphasis on learning the lyrics of the songs that she was playing on the horn. This is when her love for singing, lyrics, and vocal interpretation began. Elena's love for both the instrumental and vocal approach to jazz caused the meld of the two art forms in her live performances and on her debut recording INTRODUCTION. Although her projects as a leader are primarily jazz, Elena is also involved in working with many varied styles (r&b, soul, funk, indie rock and many commercial and film recording sessions). Elena has played with a wide range of amazing Toronto musicians including, Pat LaBarbera (saxophonist), Richard Underhill (saxophonist), Rich Brown (bassist), Tom Juhas (guitarist), Sly Juhas (drummer), Brandi Disterheft (bassist), Richard Whiteman (pianist), and Lord Bubba's Nu Jazz Project. She also works with Toronto producer Byron Kent Wong, on recordings by international artists such as Rossif Sutherland. Her woodwinds are featured on the soundtrack of the movie “Poor Boy's Game”, directed by Clément Virgo, starring Danny Glover and Rossif Sutherland. Elena is currently performing live in Toronto with her quintet and she is preparing her second album with both original and standard repertoire.
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