Eli Maliwan has been a performing musician for 20+ years and has extensive experience as an educator. While his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees are in Jazz Saxophone performance, he also performs on and teaches flute, clarinet, EWI (Electric Wind Instrument), electric bass, piano, and voice in a variety of styles. Eli grew up in San Rafael, CA and began playing clarinet at the age of 9. After falling in love with jazz his focus moved to saxophone and by the time he was 15 he was studying music full time and attending Nova Independent Study in lieu of traditional high school. In addition to studying with multiple private teachers in the Bay Area, he was involved in several honor bands and local music programs, playing professionally, and teaching with The Prominence Project. At Portland State University Eli received a Bachelor’s of Music and was deeply influenced by the mentorship of Darrell Grant and Alan Jones. Eli has a Master’s of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.
Eli has had the honor of performing with Jimmy Heath, Steve Turre, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Alphonso Johnson. He has performed at The 2017 Portland Jazz Festival with Suenos, with Guster at The Fillmore in SF CA, Vibrato Jazz Club in Beverly Hills CA, The Oregon Brewers Festival, The Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Jimmy Mak’s jazz club in Portland OR, The San Jose Jazz Festival in San Jose CA, The Baked Potato in Studio City CA, The Blue Whale in Los Angeles, CA and The House of Blues in Los Angeles, CA.
Eli currently performs on various instruments with a wide range of groups in the Bay Area. He can be heard on woodwinds and piano in orchestra pits of musical productions, at new music avant garde performances, in horn sections of down home funk groups, playing virtuosic saxophone in traditional and non traditional jazz fusion groups, programming electronic music, playing bass in rock bands, etc. He is on faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop Giant Steps Program, teaches high school jazz clinics with the TOaG Quartet, is a Musical Director with YES Theatre in Marin, and teaches private lessons.