Born on New Years Eve 1958 in Ponce Puerto Rico, Eliseo decided to be a musician. Both of his sisters (Vickie and Nilda) played the piano and his uncle (Rafael) also was a musician and use to make and repair musical instruments and clocks . His cousin (Pito) was an accomplished bass player who often coached Eliseo. 'I grew up running around my backyard watching my uncle and his friends playing and singing boleros and drinking rum'. Encouraged by his family, specially his father (Eliseo Sr.) to pursue a serious career in music, Eliseo attended Escuela Libre de Musica in Ponce P.R. (his home town). He started studying solfege with Emilio Alvarado. There was a problem, the school did not have a 'bass-guitar' program, they taught only upright bass. 'When I talked to the bass teacher and explained that I played bass-guitar, he did not let me start on the class, I could not afford an upright bass at that time so I took a trombone class because it's in bass cleff'. Eliseo's big chance showed up when a local band lost their bass player to college. 'The bass player offered me a bass, an amp and the gig for $300.00 dollars which I could pay back in $50.00 installments. How could I refuse?. That's when I quit music school and started my professional career. I was fourteen.' Eliseo kept playing mostly by ear until his sister (Vickie) told him 'if you want to be a professional you have to read music'. That was the time to go back to school. Later on in high school Eliseo joined 'Grupo Vocal De Escuela Dr. Pila in Ponce P.R.. The group played festivals and competitions while Eliseo kept working outside school with local bands. 'It was an interesting time because I use to go to places that I would not be allowed to go today (at 14 yrs. Old).' At seventeen Eliseo graduated from high school and joined the U.S. Army. 'I thought the Army was a way to get out of my town and see the world. After 8 months of training and training, playing a borrowed bass from the P.X. once a week, I decided to quiit and got a general discharge under honorable conditions.' When he came back to P.R. Eliseo started studying music again. Taking private lessons from Emilio Alvarado, then a year at Universidad Interamericana, and another year at El Conservatorio de Música de P.R.. 'I started studying but could not finish because every time they would call me for a tour I could not turn it down. First Ednita Nazario (1983 Mexico, Panamá and U.S. tours) then Wilkins (1984 Dominican Republic and many gigs in P.R.) then Menudo (1985 Brasil and U.S.)'. Eliseo left P.R. in 1986 with the opportunity to play in Miami with The Ken Hamilton Band. In 1987 He got a call for a gig in L.A..' It was the chance I was waiting for, the gig didn't pay a lot but it was a start. I wanted to be in a big city with other musicians'. Encouraged by his long time friend from Ponce Alberto Mirabal, who also came to L.A. in 1987, Eliseo went to Musicians Institute in Hollywood and graduated with honors. 'That year was tough because I was playing outside school and teaching at the same time. I got in touch with Robbie Rosa from Menudo who was starting his solo career and we went to Manila Philipines for 2 weeks. I was also playing Greek music 5 nights a week'. After graduating Eliseo kept playing in L.A. and has worked with artists such as Strunz and Farah, Dave Samuells, Vickie Carr, Juan Gabriel, Ruben Blades and has been going back to P.R. to play and record with different bands including Papo Lucca y La Sonora Ponceña. Eliseo recorded a solo on 'Back To The Road' from Sonora Ponceña. Eliseo has released 3 independent CD's Amanecer Caribeño, The Prophecy and Baladas. Actually Eliseo lives in L.A. and works with his own band and as a sideman.
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