Featured in ‘The Province’

June 17, 2015 (Vancouver, BC) – Eli Bennett has been featured in the Province Newspaper promoting his 2015 Breakthrough Tour across Canada!

Read the article: http://www.theprovince.com/Bennett+hitting+road+Breakthrough+Canadian+tour/11141299/story.html#__federated=1

Vancouver Tour dates:



Featured in ‘The Toronto Star’

June 12, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – Eli Bennett has been featured alongside six legendary artists (Celine Peterson, Branford Marsalis, Freddy Cole, John Pizzarelli, Carmen Bradford, and Gerald Clayton) in The Toronto Star to promote the Toronto International Jazz Festival.  Eli Bennett performs at the Toronto Jazz Festival on June 25 at The Rex Hotel with his quartet as part of his 2015 Breakthrough Tour across Canada.

SHOW INFO: http://torontojazz.com/concert/eli-bennett-quartet

TORONTO STAR ARTICLE: http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/2015/06/12/how-i-got-the-jazz-gene-seven-artists-reveal-their-roots.html

Featured in Vancouver’s ‘The Georgia Straight’

June 10, 2015 (Vancouver, BC) – Eli Bennett has been featured in Vancouver’s ‘The Georgia Straight’ newspaper promoting his 2015 Breakthrough Tour across Canada.  The newspaper is available at newsstands across the Lower Mainland and can also be viewed online below.

Full article: http://www.straight.com/music/467336/eli-bennett-keeps-his-jazz-audience-friendly

Nominated for TD Grand Jazz Award & the Galaxie Rising Star Award – Festival International de Jazz de Montréal!

Eli Bennett has been nominated for the prestigious TD Grand Jazz Award and the Galaxie Rising Star Award from the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal!

As part of the #BreakthroughTour 2015, Eli Bennett will be performing at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal with his quartet on Saturday, June 27th at the SCENE TD outdoor stage.  A full list of #BreakthroughTour dates can be found: HERE.

About the TD Grand Jazz Award:

Established in 1982, each year the Concours de Jazz (the TD Grand Jazz Award since 2010) honours the most popular Canadian jazz group among those registered in the Concours and presented as part of the outdoor program. In accordance with the competition rules, all artists and groups registered in it must present a repertoire composed mainly of original material. The competition brings to light a promising group each year, then helps that band launch a career by providing it with exposure in several important ways. Since 2001, the Galaxie Rising Star Award is also presented to the composer of the most original piece of music, selected among the competing groups.

1982 Creation of the Concours de Jazz, 1987 The Concours de Jazz becomes pan Canadian, 1987-1992 Prix de Jazz Alcan, 1993-1999 Prix de Jazz duMaurier, 2000-2009 Grand Prix de Jazz General Motors, 2010- TD Grand Jazz Award.

For more information on the award nominations, please visit www.montrealjazzfest.com


2015 Canadian Tour



Breakthrough 2015 Canadian Tour:

Thirty-five-time award-winning jazz saxophonist and 4-time Leo-Nominated film composer Eli Bennett embarks on a 2015 Canadian Jazz Festival tour with his band in support of his critically acclaimed debut album Breakthrough.

Since its release Breakthrough has received international attention, ranking #3 on the Canadian National Jazz Charts in December 2014, and #14 on the US CMJ National Jazz Charts, while being featured on the homepage of iTunes Canada Jazz for two months as one of the top Canadian jazz albums. It was also named the “#4 Best Jazz Debut Album” of 2014 by the Ottawa Citizen and received rave reviews from All About Jazz and WholeNote magazine in addition to receiving major radio play in North America and Europe. In 2015, Breakthrough won the Julian Jazz Award from BC’s CJSF 90.1FM for Best Canadian Jazz Album by an Emerging Artist as well as a 2015 Western Canadian Music Award Nomination for Jazz Album of the Year.

With ten shows in seven cities, the Canadian tour will see Eli Bennett’s Quartet featured at jazz festivals across Canada beginning in Vancouver, with stops in Calgary, Medicine Hat, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and ending in London, Ontario.

2015 Canadian Tour Dates:
Sat. June 20 – Vancouver International Jazz Festival – Robson Stage – 5pm

Sun. June 21 – Vancouver International Jazz Festival – Italian Cultural Centre – 7pm

Mon. June 22 – Jazz YYC (Calgary) – Ironwood Stage – 8pm

Tue. June 23 – Medicine Hat Jazz Festival – Esplanade Studio Theatre – 2:30pm

Wed. June 24 – Medicine Hat Jazz Festival – Esplanade Studio Theatre – 10:30pm

Thu. June 25 – Toronto International Jazz Festival – The Rex Hotel – 8pm

Fri. June 26 – Ottawa International Jazz Festival – Confederation Park – 6:30pm

Sat. June 27 – Montreal International Jazz Festival – Scene TD Stage – 6pm

Sat. July 11 – TD Sunfest (London, ON) – Victoria Park

Sun. July 12 – TD Sunfest (London, ON) – Victoria Park




Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts for making this tour possible.

Thank you to D’addario Canada, D’Addario Woodwinds, Selmer Paris and Applied Microphone Technology for their support.

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‘Breakthrough’ Nominated for Western Canadian Music Award!

May 5, 2015 (CANADA) – Eli Bennett’s debut album “BREAKTHROUGH” has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for ‘Jazz Recording of the Year’!


The 2015 WCMA Nominees for ‘Jazz Recording of the Year‘ Are:

A/B Trio – Out West (AB)
Eli Bennett – Breakthrough (BC)
Jill Barber – Fool’s Gold (BC)
Paul Keeling  – Ancient Lights (BC)
The Writers’ Guild – Based on a True Story (AB)
Tyler Hornby – Launch (AB)

For a complete list of WCMA 2015 Nominees, please visit: http://breakoutwest.ca/2015-wcma/wcma-nominees/

‘Breakthrough’ Receives Critical Acclaim from Jazz Da Gama

Jazz Website “Jazz Da Gama” has just released a review of Eli Bennett’s debut album ‘Breakthrough’!

“Mr. Bennett “speaks” in an accessible tonal style, with a knack for simple beauty backed by colourful, flexible, open and populist musical arsenal punctuated with occasional outbursts of musical fireworks that reside somewhere between Sonny Rollins and Chris Potter.”

For the full review, please see the link below:


To purchase or download the album:


Eli Bennett joins Selmer-Paris Saxophones as Endorsing Artist

March 31, 2014 (CANADA) – Thirty-five-time award-winning jazz saxophonist Eli Bennett has joined Conn-Selmer’s artist roster as a Selmer-Paris Endorsing Artist. Eli performs exclusively on a silver Mark VI Selmer tenor saxophone.

Visit Eli Bennett’s Selmer Artist Page: HERE

Media inquires may to be directed to management@elibennett.com

Eli Bennett featured in SOCAN Magazine

Canadian music magazine “Words and Music” (SOCAN) has featured Eli Bennett in the current Winter 2015 edition.



‘Breakthrough’ Receives 4-Star Review from All About Jazz!

The world’s largest online jazz magazine, All About Jazz, has reviewed Eli Bennett’s debut album Breakthrough and has rated it 4/5-stars!  To read the review visit the link below: