Eli Bennett
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Eli Bennett

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At age 17, award-winning tenor saxophonist and composer Eli Bennett is recognized as one of the finest student saxophonists in North America and currently resides in Vancouver, Canada. He has performed with over a dozen music legends such as Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, and James Moody.
In February 2007, the GRAMMY Foundation selected Eli as the first horn player in the history of the program to perform with the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Combo, which was comprised of the most outstanding four high school musicians on the continent. This was his second year with the program, in 2006 he played first tenor in the GRAMMY Big Band.
Eli has performed at many jazz festivals such as the 2006 Ottawa International Jazz Festival where he opened for McCoy Tyner with the Galaxie Rising Stars of the CBC, the 2006 Telluride Jazz Festival, where he performed with the prestigious Telluride Allstars, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, as well as the 2005/2006 All-Canadian Jazz Festival in Ontario, where he performed with Canada’s best high school jazz quintet two years consecutively. He has won many awards and scholarships such as the 2005 Rico Reed Award for the best student saxophonist in Canada, the 2007 Fraser MacPherson Scholarship for the best jazz instrumentalist in western Canada, and is currently a finalist for the International Songwriting Competition for his composition Mistaken Perception.
In addition to performing on half a dozen film scores, Eli currently tours with the hit twelve piece Canadian funk band, Five Alarm Funk, which has a record on Warner Brothers Canada. He has also been featured on countless TV and radio shows such as ET Canada, MTV, CTV’s Canada AM, and CBC Radio.