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Saturday, March 19 • 11:15pm - Sunday, March 20 •12:15am
Elias Haslanger

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Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Elias Haslanger is deeply influenced by the profound and powerful heritages of John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, and many, many other jazz greats. Growing up listening and playing music at a very young age, Elias has also studied the history of Western classical music and all forms of American music. Elias embeds the best of these traditions into the foundations of his own playing and into the heart of his own compositions. Elias is a dynamic, young saxophonist/composer who has played with artists Ellis Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson, Harry Connick, Jr., Martin Banks, Wynton Marsalis, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Tony Campise, Asleep at the Wheel, Mitch Watkins, James Polk, and countless others. Elias has opened for the legendary McCoy Tyner and jazz greats Kenny Garrett and Terence Blanchard. Elias has performed around the United States and Europe at clubs like Snug Harbor in New Orleans, Jazz Alley in Seattle, The Elephant in Austin, and The Blue Note in New York. He has also acted as a guest artist/lecturer at universities around the nation. Mentored by the legendary saxophonists Harvey Pittel and Dick Oatts, Elias began to explore the instrument's vast potential by studying saxophone at the University of Texas and then at the Manhattan School of Music. His interest in writing music culminated in a Master's Degree in Composition at Southwest Texas State University. In 1997, Elias was awarded the Jazz Instrumental Soloist College Outstanding Performance for the 20th Annual Downbeat Student Music Awards and in 1998, Elias was awarded the Mitte Scholarship from SWTSU for academic achievement. Elias taught theory, saxophone and composition at SWTSU in San Marcos for a year before moving to New York. Recently, after 4 years & 3 months in Brooklyn, Elias has returned to his roots in Austin where he pursues his dream of playing music and living a balanced life. Elias has recorded 4 critically acclaimed CD's; Standards, For the Moment, Kicks are For Kids, and Dream Story, all of which have been played on radio stations around the world. Elias' playing has drawn comparisons to John Coltrane, Ben Webster, and Sonny Rollins. Elias' 3rd CD "Kicks are for Kids", which features Ellis Marsalis, reached #4 on Gavin Jazz charts with 180 radio stations around the country playing it. "For the Moment" received substantial national airplay, reaching #11 on the Gavin Jazz charts and #14 on the Jazziz Radioactive chart. Elias was voted Best Horn player at the 1997 Austin Music Awards and Best Jazz Group at the 2000 Austin Music Awards. "Kicks are for Kids" was voted as one of the top five jazz records of the year by Rick Mitchell of the Houston Chronicle, while the Austin Chronicle's writers Jay Tractenburg and Christopher Hess voted it as the #1 and #3 best record of all Austin Artists. Downbeat magazine writer Michael Point voted "Kicks are for Kids" as one of the top ten best CD's to come out of Austin in the 90's. Elias has been featured in many national publications including Billboard, JazzTimes, Cadence, Texas Monthly, and JazzIs. Elias' latest CD “Dream Story”, just released, is already receiving national radio play and drawing critical acclaim from writers, musicians and critics alike. "Simply put, Haslanger is a major talent who could find his way into the upper echelons of jazz with a judicious marketing push and smaller gaps between recordings." -Glenn Astarita, AllAboutJazz.com

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Elias Haslanger

Over the span of his 25-year music career, native Texan and Austin resident Elias Haslanger has carved a unique and distinguished place in jazz history as a saxophonist, composer, and band leader, whose playing and writing has drawn comparisons to John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Ben... Read More →

Saturday March 19, 2011 11:15pm - Sunday March 20, 2011 12:15am CDT
Elephant Room

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