“Elias’s CD (Kicks) is very much in the Jazz group concept of today. It is obvious he has spent the time to reach a level of excellence that is commendable.” -Ellis Marsalis
Elias is a dynamic, young jazz saxophone player and composer who has played with artists Ellis Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson, Harry Connick, Jr., Kirk Whalum, The Temptations, Asleep at the Wheel, Alejandro Escovedo and countless others.
Elias has performed around the United States and Europe at clubs like Snug Harbor in New Orleans, Jazz Alley in Seattle, The Elephant in Austin, and The Blue Note in New York. He has also acted as a guest artist/lecturer at universities around the United States and Canada.
Elias has recorded 4 critically acclaimed CD’s; Standards, For the Moment, Kicks are For Kids, and Dream Story, all of which have been played on radio stations around the world and reviewed in publications like Billboard, JazzTimes, Cadence, Texas Monthly and Jazzis. Elias’ playing has drawn comparisons to John Coltrane, Ben Webster, and Sonny Rollins.
“Simply put, Haslanger is a major talent who could find his way into the upper echelons of jazz with a judicious marketing push and smaller gaps between recordings.”
-Glenn Astarita, AllAboutJazz.com