Elena Kapeleris

Elena Kapeleris


Straight ahead jazz with original fresh arrangements, ranging from beautiful vocal ballads to swinging two tenor sax battles.


Elena Kapeleris is a Toronto based tenor saxophonist and vocalist. She has studied jazz saxophone at Humber College with world renowned saxophonist Pat LaBarbera. Elena's love for lyrics and the great legendary jazz vocalists such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Abbey Lincoln, to name a few, prompted her to begin incorporating her vocals into live shows and recently on her debut recording titled "Introduction".

ALL ABOUT JAZZ CD REVIEW BY JERRY D'SOUZA: Elena Kapeleris makes her debut as a singer and saxophone player with Introduction. Kapeleris studied saxophone with jazz saxophinst Pat LaBarbera, who placed emphasis on learning the words to jazz standards. She soon began singing lessons and went on to perform both as a singer and saxophonist. Of the seven tunes here, four are duets with guitarist Tom Juhas, whose chord work urges the song onward. The two work in beautiful consonance, the high mark being "I'm in the Mood For Love." Kapeleris blows with an abiding sense of time and development. Her phrasing is sure and heartfelt, her intonation engaging the innate feel of the melody. She invests enough swing to grab, and when she shifts into the upper register and elongates the notes at the end, she has stamped her imprint on the tune. Kapeleris' vocal interpretation of the standards stands up to scrutiny with a huskiness that is intimate and immediate. She sets up that ambience succinctly on "The Nearness of You" to create a sense of belonging. A Latin swish fans the quartet outing of "All or Nothing at All." The arrangement elevates the song and Kapeleris sings with a slight abandon and swing in which her voice suggests certain aloofness that love has to be complete. In doing so, she underlines the message. Juhas adds a distinctive statement on the acoustic guitar as LaBarbera, who is a unique minister of the saxophone, adds his own distinctive touch. Kapeleris anchors her debut with a fine performance. This should augur well for her ongoing journey.





Debut CD recorded at CBC-
Elena Kapeleris -"Introduction"
released 2009

Set List

Jazz Repertoire:

Blues Up and Down
All or Nothing at All
Like Someone in Love
I'm in the Mood for Love
So Nice to Come home To
We'll Be Together Again
Sinner Kissed an Angel
Nearness of You
Strike Up the Band
That's All
I Should Care

and many more....

Set are typically 45mins- 1hr
Usually 2-3 sets per night

Requests from the jazz standard repertoire are more than welcome for private functions.