35-time internationally award-winning jazz saxophonist and 4-time Leo-Nominated film composer Eli Bennett, is one of Canada’s most awarded and recognized emerging jazz artists. His debut jazz album Breakthrough spent three months on the homepage of iTunes Canada Jazz as one of the top selling albums of 2015 and received a nomination for “Jazz Album of the Year” from the Western Canadian Music Awards. Eli has performed twice at the GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles and has shared the stage with GRAMMY Winners Oscar Peterson and the Neville Brothers, is a two-time recipient of the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award from the National Jazz Awards, was awarded the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for music as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Premier of BC. In addition to being a D’Addario Woodwind’s Artist, Selmer Paris Performing Artist, Yamaha Performing Artist, and an AMT Performing Artist, Eli has toured North America and the U.K. and has been featured on Canada AM, ET Canada, CTV, CBC Radio’s Hot Air, JazzFM91, and articles in The Vancouver Province, The Georgia Straight, and DownBeat Magazine. He’s currently touring internationally with the Juno-Nominated band, Five Alarm Funk.
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If the number of album sales after the show are any indication, [Eli Bennett’s] quartet’s tight, exciting performance helped gain them many new followers in Ottawa…
- Ottawa Citizen
…the Vancouver–based tenor saxophonist delivers a program that gives pause to admire his writing and fluid improvisational skills.
- All About Jazz
He sears and soars, but the source of his power comes from soul, not bluster and brawn.
-All About Jazz
Mr. Bennett ‘speaks’ in an accessible tonal style, with a knack for simple beauty backed by colourful, flexible, open and populist musical arsenal punctuated with occasional outbursts of musical fireworks that reside somewhere between Sonny Rollins and Chris Potter.
Eli Bennett is the sax man who’s blowing into the night, holding his sax up high and running through some fast-faster-fastest fills that make the moment one to remember.
Bennett has garnered industry and fan attention for Breakthrough.