Jazz Power Celebration20

Photo by Jim Cummins

It’s been an incredible journey, and I can hardly believe it – Jazz Power Initiative is turning 20! Two decades of rhythm, melody, story, and unforgettable moments in jazz. What an honor it has been to have the opportunity to transform lives through the power of jazz arts education and performance with thousands of young students, professional artists and audiences of all ages. The Jazz Power Celebration20 honoring the Miranda Family, Phil Bertelsen, and TD Bank will be hosted by Antoinette Montague and Kena Onyejekwe and feature performances by the Ariacne Trujillo Duran Trio, Judd Nielsen’s Organ Group and JPI’s advanced youth group, Zah! Jr. capped off with a Rhythm Revue Dance Party hosted by DJ Felix Hernandez. Get your tickets on this link.

We Got That Swing!

I am so excited to co-produce with Jazz Power Initiative and Lee Hogans of Harlem School of the Arts, We Got That Swing! A Harlem Music Jubilee
Celebrating 125 years of Duke Ellington and 50 years of Hip Hop, featuring youth and veteran performers including Charenee Wade and her trio, MC Silent Knight, Zah! Jr. with Dr. E and Jazz Power, Nat King Cole Generation Hope Jazz Ensemble, All-City High School Jazz Ensemble, Dorothy Maynor Singers, HSA Dance. Free tickets available here.

Dr. Eli receives 2024 AATS Award

I am honored to receive the American Academy of Teachers of Singing 2024 AATS Award. The award comes “in recognition of your leadership and excellence in youth jazz education.” Thank you to my teachers and colleagues for teaching me about singing, the way the voice works and the essential African American cultural roots of jazz and blues…Jeanie LoVetri The Voice Workshop, Darrell Lauer, Kate McGarry, Antoinette Montague, Alison Crockett, Catherine Russell, Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin. Thank you to AATS and National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), National Endowment for the Arts, #nysca, LOUIS ARMSTRONG EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION INC, The #MirandaFamilyFund, #TheNationalJazzMuseumInHarlem, the The Pierre & Tana Matisse Foundation, TD Charitable and the The Pinkerton Foundation for your support of my work with Jazz Power Initiative to help raise the next generational of soulful jazz and blues singers. Let’s keep singing!!!

Jazz Power at Teatro Latea, “What Happens To A Dream,” devised theatre directed by Kena Onyejekwe w/ music by Eli “Dr. E” Yamin jazz and blues band and Zah! Jr.

2023 Jazz Power Institute for Artists and Educators

Free registration here.

Intergenerational Jazz Power Jam Festival: Uptown! A Latin jazz and swing fiesta!

More information and free registration here.

Jazz Power Community Workshop

Grownups ask me all the time, “when are you doing a class for us?”

This is it, and it’s FREE. Register here.

Piano at 6, Voices at 7, Everyone at 8

Come one and come all. Let’s make it something special.

Alianza is near the 168th train station. #1 and A trains.

Looking forward to seeing you!


Dr. E Digs Deep – blues roots bring sweet fruits

This new project draws on the blues songs that have sustained me through the pandemic. I’ve been playing and singing the blues everyday and I can’t wait to play and sing for you. We’ll do songs by Willie Dixon who famously said, “The blues is the roots, everything else is the fruits.” Elizabeth Cotten whose music literally installed the blues in my bones when I heard it as a child, Mahalia Jackson, whose majesty continues to inspire, Elvis Presley, one of my early heroes and then songs by yours truly, carrying the tradition to today. I hope you can join us at one of these shows with my dear band mates: Zaid Nasser, the most soulful alto saxophone you’ll ever hear, Elias Bailey, bass with a beat that can’t be beat, and David F. Gibson, powerhouse of swing and shuffle and vital life force of percussion. We’ll have special guests too at both shows Alianza in Washington Heights and National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

Dr. E Digs Deep

Barry Harris Birthday Celebration

I am so excited to produce and play for this celebration of my mentor, Barry Harris!

December 15th, 2022 (Barry’s actual birthday!) at Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center in Washington Heights and December 18th, 2022 at National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

Jazz Power Initiative celebrates Dr. Barry Harris (1929-2021), the Internationally renowned jazz pianist, composer, educator, community builder and keeper of the bebop flame. This program is produced by Dr. Eli Yamin and celebrates the legacy of Dr. Harris with an intergenerational group performing his vocal arrangements and compositions including “Autumn in New York,” “Conception,” and “Nascimento.” We will also a premier “More Completely You,” a song composed by Eli Yamin in dedication to his mentor, Barry Harris.

Dr. Harris, was born in Detroit and moved to New York in the 1950’s where he became a prolific performer and recording artist including collaborations with Cannonball Adderley, Coleman Hawkins, Dexter Gordon, and Illinois Jacquet. He founded the Jazz Cultural Theatre in the 1980’s and became the most prominent bebop exponent in the late 20th and early 21st century. He had a close relationship with pianist and composer Thelonious Monk and is the recipient of the 1989 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award as well as honorary doctorate degrees from Northwestern University, Lewis College of Business and the Manhattan School of Music. His recordings and teaching are widely available online including a series of teaching videos he recorded for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz Academy with Jazz Power Initiative’s own Dr. Eli Yamin.

Dr. Harris will always be remembered as an extraordinary leader in our community, and we are honored to celebrate him with the help of longtime friend and collaborator, conductor and pianist Phil Bingham, internationally known bassist and fellow Barry Harris disciple Ari Roland, and JPI’s young professional group, Zah! Ensemble.

What a trip to learn the Charlie I taught years ago in NJ is now a mega-pop star!

I was floored to learn this week that the Charlie Puth I taught at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, NJ years ago is the same guy now writing and performing his songs for millions of fans streaming his tunes billions of times. He said “He [Eli] was one of the first piano teachers to show me jazz voicings, and even from an early age I found similarities between jazz music and pop music…I wanted to incorporate my learnings of jazz and Count Basie, obviously, and integrate that into the pop music I loved.” Wow. Thanks The Asbury Park Press and Chris Jordan for publishing the story!

Here is the article by Chris Jordan for The Asbury Park Press.

Here is a photo of us together when he was 12. I’m trying to figure out what chord I was showing him. Obviously, it was the right one!