Elena Kapeleris

Elena Kapeleris is a Toronto-based saxophonist, vocalist, composer, bandleader, and educator, whose love of various styles of music has lead her from Jazz, to R&B, to Blues, to World Music and more. As a graduate of the Humber College Jazz Performance program, Elena has studied saxophone with world renowned saxophonist Pat LaBarbera, composition with the great Don Thompson, and voice with Shannon Gunn.

Elena is currently a member of blues singer Rita Chiarelli’s touring band, Yetunde Ajasin’s Afrika Libre, Kellylee Evans band, Jully Black’s group, The Jay Danley Ethiojazz Project and Larry Graves’ Surfire Sweat. Kapeleris also leads multiple projects of her own, and is in the process of writing her second album. She is currently a private instructor of voice and woodwinds at Centennial College.

During Elena’s career, she has performed with many other recognized artists such as Brandi Disterheft, Pat LaBarbera, Neil Swainson, Hilario Duran, Rich Brown, Tanya Tagaq, Eric St-Laurent, Sly Juhas, Colleen Allen, Rebecca Hennessy, Shakura S’Aida, Christine Duncan, Ted Quinlan, and many more. She has played Massey Hall and the NAC in Ottawa multiple times with the Women’s Blues Revue. Kapeleris has performed with these great artists at many different venues in the city, as well as clubs and Jazz and Blues Festivals around the world.