Seattle native and resident Eli Meisner began playing the guitar at the age of 13. A few years later, inspired by a small collection of jazz records, Eli began to take a more intense interest in his instrument. Practicing and performing fervently throughout his years in high school, Eli received several awards in recognition of his talent at both local and international jazz festivals. Assured by the encouragement of his mentor, fellow guitarist Bobby Broom, Eli decided to further his musical understanding by attending New York University's renown jazz program in New York City. There Eli was afforded the privilege of studying with guitarists Peter Bernstein, John Scofield, and Randy Johnston as well as tenor saxophonist Richard Perry. Inspired by his peers as well as idols such as Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker, Eli continues to search for his own voice on the guitar. Eli has performed at several venues throughout the New York City and Seattle areas.