Guatemala Jazz Festival 2015 – Final Day

The last day of the tour was my favorite because we visited and gave a workshop at La Alianza, a shelter for girls who are victims of trafficking and sexual violence.  The place is run exceptionally well by a staff of extremely devoted and expert women who give these girls the support and shelter they […]

Guatemala Jazz Festival 2015 – Ambassador’s Residence

Back to Guatemala City now for a reception at the residence of U.S. Ambassador Todd Robinson.  We could not ask for a more welcoming host.  Ambassador Robinson hails from Newark, NJ, a jazz town once and forever.  He truly believes in the power of jazz to uplift and unite everyone.  He is also an idealist […]

Guatemala Jazz Festival 2015 – Coban

The second day of the tour we drove to Coban in central Guatemala.  The city is surrounded by beautiful mountains and has a more country feel to it.  Watch out for the chocolate soup before lunch~!  I thought I was in heaven. In the afternoon we gave a workshop in a municipal building to students […]

Guatemala Jazz Festival 2015 – Concert in Guatemala City

Our first concert of the tour was at the auditorium at Instituto Guatemala Americano in Guatemala City.  It was a pleasure to play the Baldwin grand on stage and interact with the audience who engaged deeply with us.  Our program included songs from our recent CD,  “Louie’s Dream, for our jazz heroes.”  We played the […]

Guatemala Jazz Festival 2015 – workshop Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala

It was wonderful to return to Guatemala, this time with quartet and LaFrae Sci on drums (she and I were there in 2011 with the Blues Band), Evan Christopher on clarinet and Paul Beaudry on bass.  The first day we gave a workshop at Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, got to know the wonderful […]

I bet you can play too! Play the Blues with Eli  

Eli’s blues message in a State Department salute to Black History Month

I’m honored to be featured in this article on the blues on the US Embassy website… “American Blues Music Formed by Pain to Cure Pain” — by Stephen Kaufman

Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert and APAP Showcase

Join us this Saturday night January 12, 2013 in New York City for a great night of music and raising money for a great cause. We are happy to participate in MOJO’S MARDIS GRAS CONCERT where profits will go to Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts via funds raised by Mecca Shriners and the Mariners Masonic Lodge […]

Eli Yamin Blues Band and Okra Dance Company at TriBeca Performing Arts Center

What a gas it was performing with all these cats.  This is what I’m talking about–jazz arts for a better world!  We can do this when we coordinate our minds!  That phrase comes from Don Pullen’s tune, “Listen to the People.”  This is the 20th anniversary of that tune. Everyone needs to know it too…that’s […]

Two Pianos Two Minds One Message – FREEDOM

Great times presenting on the music of the Civil Rights Movement this week at Mesa Arts Center with maestro Damien Sneed.  What a pleasure and honor.  Looking forward to next week’s concert with Eli Yamin Blues Band and the Okra Dance Company at TriBeca Performing Arts Center in lower Manhattan, Friday, October 26 at 8pm.  […]