Eli Yamin is a jazz and blues pianist, composer, singer, producer and educator. Raised in the bands of jazz masters Walter Perkins, Illinois Jacquet and Barry Harris, his joyful and imaginative piano playing have taken him around the world with his own groups as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State and led him to perform and teach at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City and President Obama’s White House. Yamin co-founded and serves as Managing and Artistic Director Jazz Power Initiative, a non-profit organization that transforms lives through jazz arts education. Yamin’s compositions like “A Healing Song,” about the healing power of the blues, and “Rwandan Child” about the wisdom of children awaken audiences shared sense of humanity, love, and joy. Eli’s jazz musicals for children are performed around the world and licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide. His CD’s are heard on Sirius XM and Jazz 88, WBGO in Newark.
As a pianist:
Eli Yamin, a Steinway artist, has performed with his quartet blues band as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State in Russia, Guatemala, Montenegro Mali, India, China, Brazil, Chile, Greece, Albania and Romania. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC and international festivals including The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival (Moscow, Idaho), The St. Petersburg Jazz Festival in Russia, Guatemala Jazz Festival and Marciac in France. He has also appeared several times at the Obama White House.