Eli Bennett: Featured tenor saxophonist on Autumn Leaves: Album Once Upon a Dream
Thirty-five-time internationally award-winning jazz saxophonist and four-time Leo-Nominated film composer Eli Bennett has performed twice at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and shared the stage with the likes of Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, Barry Harris, Terence Blanchard, and Dave Holland. He is a two-time-recipient of the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award from the National Jazz Awards and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, was awarded the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for music in 2012, is a D’Addario Woodwinds Artist, a Selmer-Paris Endorsing Artist, a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, and in 2013 was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Premier of BC.
Bennett’s debut album, Breakthrough (funded by The Canada Council for the Arts), was released in late 2014, and has since received extensive international attention, ranking in the top ten on the Canadian and U.S. Jazz Charts, while being featured on the homepage of iTunes Canada Jazz for two months as one of the top Canadian jazz albums of 2014. In addition to major international radio play in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, the Ottawa Citizen named Breakthrough the “#4 Best Jazz Debut Album” of 2014, while All About Jazz, Earshot Magazine and Wholenote Magazine echoed similar critical acclaim for the debut. In early 2015, Breakthrough won the Julian Jazz Award for ‘Best Canadian Jazz Album by an Emerging Artist’, as well as a nomination for ‘Jazz Recording of the Year’ at the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards. In 2016, Breakthrough was named the “#4 Best Canadian Release of 2015” by JAZZ.FM91, North America’s top jazz radio station.