Born and raised in Berkeley, CA, Eli began his musical career playing piano in the award winning Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble. While still in high school he toured Europe to play the Umbria, Montreux And Vienne Jazz Festivals. During his senior year he took up the Hammond B-3 Organ and began gigging at San Francisco organ clubs like The Boom Boom Room, Club Deluxe, The Purple Onion, the Alpha Bar and Bacar.
Eli went on to receive a BA in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, where he studied jazz performance with Kenny Burrell. While living in LA, Eli performed at venues like The Jazz Bakery, Catalina’s Bar and Grill, The Mint and the Temecula Valley Jazz Festival. He was reviewed and featured in LA Jazz Scene, The Hollywood Weekly and interviewed on Los Angeles radio stations. In 2008 he received the Louis Armstrong Young Composers award from ASCAP.
Eli Sundelson is an outstanding young jazz organist. With his fine technique
and fertile imagination I feel he has the promise of great success in the field
of music and in particular, jazz.--Kenny Burrell
pyrotechnics...Jimmy Smith would be very pleased!--Eddie Becton-
Producer/Host The Jazz Journey KXLU 88.9 FM-Los Angeles
Eli's direction in jazz organ is deliberate and well conceived. His ideas unfold
in a soulful pattern of comfort and ease.--Pete Fallico, Doodlin' Productions
KSUP 88.9FM , Santa Cruz, www.doodlinlounge.com
Sundelson hints a little at Larry Goldings but...has his own voice...The
improvisations are logical, the interplay between the musicians gives the set
a strong unity and purpose, and the group has its own sound within the
organ trio tradition.--Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene
Sundelson [is] cranking out a racing bass line on his organ
Organ, Hammond B3
Willing to teach
Advanced students only.
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