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Eric Person


Since coming to New York City from St.Louis Missouri in 1982, Eric Person has notched an impressive resume performing and recording with legends in jazz such as Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Chico Hamilton, John Hicks, Donald Byrd, Wallace Roney and Houston Person. He’s also performed alongside genre bending musicians Vernon Reid, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Dave Douglas and Ben Harper. Person has 10 CD's under his name. And leads Meta-Four, TrioKinesis, The Eric Person Trio and Big Band. In 1983 drummer Chico Hamilton gave Eric his first opportunity to play with a jazz legend. After auditioning for Chico, Eric joined his band and set out performing in clubs in and around New York City. He ultimately toured the USA and Europe with him. He recorded six CD releases with him as well. From 1994 -1997 Eric was a pivotal member of the Dave Holland Quartet. That ensemble toured throughout Europe, United States and Canada, playing prestigious concert halls and festivals. It was a great band whos success culminated in the classic recording on ECM Records, Dream of the Elders. It put Eric on the map and continued Mr. Holland’s great legacy in Jazz. This group made exciting music, and is one of the cornerstones in Eric’s career. During that same period Eric was a member of the World Saxophone Quartet recording the CD, Moving Right Along. After many years developing his skills as a sideman, Eric was ready to record as a leader. He recorded three CD’s. Arrival, Prophecy and More Tales to Tell for the Italian Soul Note Record label Down Beat Magazine gave them 3 ½ and 4 stars respectively. 1999’s Extra Pressure was the first recording he released on his Distinction label The Live at Big Sur CD captures Eric in dynamic performances at the 2002 Big Sur Jazz Festival. Of which Russ Musto of All About Jazz Magazine said, “Person is more then fine; he's a major talent of his generation.” Eric’s next two CD’s, Reflections and Rhythm Edge let’s everyone know where he’s come from and where he’s headed. The Grand Illusion is Person’s eighth CD. The music seems daring at this time, recalling as it does the jazz/funk experiments of the past. Person's 2012 Thoughts on God is his first CD that features an ensemble of thirteen musicians Michael McDowell of Blitz Magazine says, "He (Person) has definitely joined Coltrane in having produced an enduring work that will stand as a hallmark of the genre." Person’s tenth CD, a duo session featuring the saxophones of Person and the drums of Shin Takahashi. Duoscope is his most daring release to date. Eric one who’s not afraid to take chances. Donald Elfman of All About Jazz says: “Eric Person seems to find something new to say and a different direction to follow with every project he undertakes.

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