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Eric Essix

Eric’s earliest musical experiences were hearing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and singing gospel in the church choir. His grandfather bought his first guitar and amplifier, and he taught himself to play by listening to LP’s by Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5 and Al Green. His first exposure to jazz was Wes Montgomery’s California Dreamin’ and about the same time he also discovered the music of Jimi Hendrix. A life-changing experience in 1977 at a Weather Report concert (with Jaco at his peak) influenced Eric’s desire to play and compose instrumental music.

In 1988, he produced a solo record called “First Impressions” that landed him a deal with Los Angeles based jazz label Nova Records. He quickly followed that with “Second Thoughts” which produced the national radio hits “Come September” and “First Out”.

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News: Recording

The Stars Align For Joey Sommerville's "Overnight Sensation"

The Stars Align For Joey Sommerville's "Overnight Sensation"

More than 20 years in the making, the soul-jazz trumpeter’s fifth album, due October 28, features Earl Klugh, Jeff Lorber, Jeff Bradshaw, Elan Trotman and Eric Essix. Atlanta, Georgia (25 September 2014): Behind every musical overnight sensation are years of toiling away in rehearsal halls, recording studios and sweaty nightclubs meticulously honing one’s craft. In trumpeter ...

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Article: Big Band Caravan

Phil Kelly and the NW Prevailing Winds; Eric Essix and the Night Flight Big Band; University of North Texas Two O'Clock Lab Band

Read "Phil Kelly and the NW Prevailing Winds; Eric Essix and the Night Flight Big Band; University of North Texas Two O'Clock Lab Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Phil Kelly & the Northwest Prevailing Winds Ballet of the Bouncing Beagles Origin Records 2009 The Ballet of the Bouncing Beagles, Marius Nordal writes in the liner notes to composer / arranger Phil Kelly's latest recording, “was inspired by an actual photograph of Phil's two beagles jumping up in the ...

Album

Superblue

Label: Magic City Music
Released: 2006


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