Giving up the saxophone for the bass has allowed Eliana Athayde to explore a wide variety of musical genres. While still in high school, she played semi-professionally in jazz bands and also was a member of the San Francisco Youth Symphony.
At the University of Southern California’s Thornton School or Music, she studied classical bass with David Allen Moore, but yet was fortunate enough to study with such jazz greats as John Clayton, Peter Erskine, and Alan Pasqua.
Eliana plays and sings with several LA-based bands ranging from classic country (RT n the 44’s), to 1930’s hot club jazz (the Hi Fi Honeydrops, “the #1 swing band in Historic Filipinotown”), to surf-rock (Rachel Goodrich and the Grrrls). She is currently working on an album for her band Jacaranda, for which she writes and arranges.
Eliana also teaches at the Renaissance Arts Academy in Los Angeles, an arts-focused charter school, which provides kids from low-income neighborhoods with an enriching artistic and intellectual environment.