Rachel Eckroth

Rachel Eckroth

Instrument: Piano | Location: Tucson

It is immediately apparent that Eckroth hears things unlike the rest of us. Her music is a prowling evolution, full of darkness yet attainable, redeemable light.
—All About Jazz

Updated: May 7, 2022

Born: August 25, 1976

Polymath (noun): a person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning.

Music needs a term for this. What do you call one person who is a pianist, vocalist, keyboardist, composer, producer, arranger, band leader, sideman and more? Music may not have a term, but it does have a name: Rachel Eckroth.

Eckroth can lead with a bold vision or accompany with the subtle skills necessary to make another musician shine. Her combination of jazz experimentation and pop feeling form the engine behind her own work as a leader or co-leader on 20 albums, most recently The Garden on Rainy Days Records (2021). That same crossover talent is why she's been featured on voice and keyboards in the bands of Rufus Wainwright, St. Vincent, KT Tunstall, and Chris Botti.

Eckroth can hold an audience's attention in an intimate jazz club or on a massive concert stage. She did the latter when she opened for Rufus Wainwright's All These Poses Anniversary Tour, standing on stage alone with just her keyboards and her voice, weaving a sonic landscape that kept audiences enthralled. Eckroth is no stranger to television, either, having been a member of the house band on The Meredith Vieira Show and appearing on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Good Morning America with various artists.

Eckroth has been a busy recording artist throughout her career, and the pace has only increased in recent years. In 2020, Eckroth appeared on the single "Circling" by Donny McCaslin, the acclaimed saxophonist from David Bowie's final band. That same year, she released three singles of her own. This year (2021) she and her husband, bassist Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie, The Tedeschi Trucks Band) put out a duet album called The Blackbird Sessions Vol. 1. She also released the single "Moot Points" featuring Alassane, as well as an eponymous EP featuring four of her own songs.

Her latest project, The Garden, features 8 tracks written or co-written by Eckroth. The band includes Lefebvre and McCaslin along with drummer Christian Euman, guitarist Nir Felder, and saxophonist Andrew Krasilnikov. Eckroth chose the album title because, like a garden, her music is a diverse ecosystem grown from the seeds of her many musical adventures.

Polymath. Renaissance woman. Jack of all trades. Use whatever term you're comfortable with, or no special word at all. What matters is the music, and Rachel Eckroth's musical world is inviting, exciting, and filled with surprises.

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"Pianist, singer, and composer Rachel Eckroth is more than a musical chameleon. Her shapeshifting is so astonishingly dramatic that there is no upper limit to her creative identity." - Simon Rentner, WGBO

“...Well, then. I’m convinced that Eckroth is a consummate professional who can do just about anything ...creating and performing original, hip music that can’t be pigeonholed into any one category.” —Steve Jansen - Phoenix New Times

“Like any highly creative musician, jazz pianist and composer Rachel Eckroth refuses to repeat herself.” —Larry Rodgers - Arizona Republic

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Contact

Publicist

Lydia Liebman Promotions

Management

Fox Performances

Links

Low Hanging Fruit

From: The Garden
By Rachel Eckroth

Future

From: Let Go
By Rachel Eckroth

Rachel Eckroth Albums

Rachel Eckroth Tour

Past Concerts

  Fri, Oct 21
Des Moines, IA
Rachel Eckroth, Feat. Eric Thompson...
Noce
Fri, Oct 21. 7:00 pm
  Tue, Oct 25
Studio City, CA
Rachel Eckroth Quartet
The Baked Potato
Tue, Oct 25. 8:00 pm
  Thu, Oct 27
Paso Robles, CA
Rachel Eckroth Trio
Libretto
Thu, Oct 27. 6:30 pm
  Fri, Oct 28
Los Angeles, CA
Rachel Eckroth Quartet
Sam First
Fri, Oct 28. 7:30 pm
  Sat, Oct 29
Los Angeles, CA
Rachel Eckroth Quartet
Sam First
Sat, Oct 29. 7:30 pm
  Sun, Oct 30
Las Vegas, NV
Rachel Eckroth Trio
Maxan Jazz
Sun, Oct 30. 7:00 pm
Oct25Tue
Oct27Thu
Rachel Eckroth Trio
Libretto
Paso Robles, CA
Oct28Fri
Oct29Sat
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