Jazz Pianist Extraordinaire Eldar Performs From His 2007 Grammy-Nominated Album re-imagination on the 50th Annual Grammy® Awards

Best Contemporary Jazz Album Nomination Features Nine of Eldar's Original Works on Sony BMG Album


One of the most formidable jazz musicians of this generation, the 21-year-old pianist Eldar performs on the 50th Annual Grammy® Awards telecast on February 10. The young artist will play an Oscar Peterson favorite, "Place St. Henri," which appears on re-imagination, his Grammy®-nominated album in the Best Contemporary Jazz Album category.

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This is not Eldar's first appearance on a Grammy® telecast -- he was only thirteen years old when he was invited to perform on the 2000 awards show.

"A celebration of Eldar's boundless range and talent" is how the San Francisco Chronicle hailed re-imagination, the pianist's third Masterworks Jazz recording, featuring nine of his own original compositions. All About Jazz added that "Eldar's solo piano mastery continues to amaze."

"I'm so grateful to the many people who put so much work and effort into making this recording a reality," the pianist commented, "especially the producers David Lai and Kirk Yano, and the musicians who put their own personal touch to the sound."

On re-imagination Eldar performs on acoustic piano, electric keyboards and synthesizers, and his works incorporate bebop, swing, blues, classical and rock. The songs Eldar has created for the recording reflect people, places and events in his life and demonstrate his rapidly evolving personal style. The late Oscar Peterson's "Place St. Henri" is included as a tribute to "the first jazz pianist I embraced as a young kid" and a pianist with whom he is often being compared.

Eldar has appeared on national television, including Late Night with Conan O'Brian, CBS Saturday Early Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, CBS Sunday Morning and is the youngest pianist ever to perform on Marian McPartland's venerable NPR show, Piano Jazz.

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