$15 Cover / Start 6:30pm / Doors 6pm
“Mehler’s touch is as nuamced as Bill Evans’s, and his phrasing draws on both jazz and classical music without directly importing licks from either. The subdued certainties of his playing bring a crowded room to total silence.”
--John Fordham, The Guardian
Elan Mehler was born in Boston, studied jazz and classical music at New York University, and resided in NYC playing music with various ensembles for ten years. He now lives in Paris France.
Called “disorienting and fascinating” by MOJO magazine and a “...refreshingly slow answer to our trashy nanosecond pop culture” by Time Out London, Elan Mehler, the pianist and star discovery of Radio 1 veteran Gilles Peterson has released three albums on Brownswood Recordings, and now two records with Challenge Records. 2007's "Scheme For Thought" called a "...work of mellow magnificence" by Time Out and garnered a four star review from MOJO Magazine, was selected as a top ten record of 2007 by the editor of Jazzwise Magazine. 2009's "The After Suite," "a masterpiece with a capital 'M," --All About Jazz, was hailed as "...positively rhapsodic" by Time Out. 2010's collaboration with the Oklahoman singer-songwriter Adam McBride-Smith, Half Seas Over, built"...a productive relationship between two genres of music that few jazz artists other than Bill Frisell have managed to splice..." Elan signed with the Dutch record label, Challenge Records in 2013. His first album recorded live in Switzerland with his trio was released in May of 2013. Stephen Graham wrote in Marlbank about the album: "Mehler is a major talent...His gift is to channel atmosphere with a sensitivity and love of his material that shows in every note." And to which Dutch jazz magazine, Jazz Flits wrote "Elan Mehler is a very talented pianist. He creates a full, rich sound with minimal guidance."
Elan’s new solo piano record “Early Sunday Morning” will be released on Challenge Records in 2014.