Eli Wynn is a new face in the Chicago jazz scene that is respected for his dedication to artistic integrity and fresh approach to the tradition of the music. He has toured both domestically and internationally with projects including Analog Dialogue, Disconnect Reconnect, The Perrilles Project, and the Northern Illinois University Faculty-Student Engagement Program.
Eli has been teaching music professionally since 2013 and has been a constant source of inspiration for talented young musicians with a passion to succeed. He has maintained a woodwind studio of 15 - 20 students since January 2019 with MECA, and every single student of his has received a superior rating at each solo/ensemble festival where they have participated.
An avid composer, Eli has been hired to ghostwrite music for a PBS documentary, commissioned to arrange his own compositions for big band, and genre bent the works of artists from David Bowie to Elvis Presley. Inspired by Eddie Harris, one of his heroes on the instrument, he developed his own modular electric saxophone system based on the design of Harris’ “Varitone” system from 1967.
Eli received his Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in Jazz Studies from the University of Montana in 2017, and his Master of Music from Northern Illinois University in 2019. He continues to push the boundary of what is possible when combining acoustic and electronic instruments.