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Eli Bennett


ELI BENNETT (saxophonist) An award-winning saxophonist and composer based in Vancouver, Eli is a graduate of Humber College, where he studied with Kirk MacDonald and Pat LaBarbera and performed with the Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble directed by Denny Christianson.

Eli has performed at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, recorded at Capitol Records in Hollywood, and shared the stage with jazz legends Oscar Peterson, Dave Holland, Hank Jones, and Terence Blanchard.

While still in his 20’s, Eli is a Rico Reeds Artist, a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, and a recent recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded by the Premier of British Columbia. Eli was also the recipient of the JAZZ.FM91 Mary Alice Stuart Scholarship Award in 2009.

As a composer, his film scores have premiered and won awards at major film festivals including Cannes Film Festival, San Diego Film Festival, & Toronto’s Hot Docs. Eli’s debut album as leader, Breakthrough, was released in the fall of 2014 on Addo Records.