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Eric Hochberg

A mainstay of the Chicago music scene for more than forty years, Eric Hochberg has lent his bass work, both upright and electric, and an occasional trumpet, keyboard and vocal lick to a variety of projects across the realms of jazz, folk, rock and blues. He has performed and/or recorded with the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny, Barbra Streisand, Cassandra Wilson, Von Freeman, Chico Freeman, Steve Kuhn, Ken Nordine, David Baker, Cannonball Adderly, Charles McPherson, Jon Faddis, Joshua Redman, David Bromberg, Johnny Frigo, Joe Daley, Howard Levy, Tim Ries, Kurt Elling, Trio New, Eric Alexander, Tierny Sutton, Patricia Barber, Jackie Allen, Janice Siegal, Peter Erskine, Joey Baron, Paul McCandless, Claudio Roditi, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, Sam Rivers, Jack DeJohnette, Bobby Broom, Eric Marienthal, Bobby Shew, Tom Harrel, Larry Novak, Gary Novak, Rick Margitza, Sheila Jordan, Diane Reeves, Alan Pasqua, Bob Sheppard, Mark Murphy, Bob Dorough, Randy Brecker, Terry Callier, Don Ellis, Larry Coryell, Rebecca Paris, Leni Andrade, Sonny Fortune, Willie Pickens, Bobby Lewis, Erma Thompson, Lew Tabackin, Brian Lynch, Lester Bowie, Don Moye, Earnest Dawkins, Henry Butler, Emily Remler, Herb Geller, Chevere de Chicago, Sonia Dada, Mark Colby, Orbert Davis, Ed Thigpen, Anthony Molinaro, Bonnie Koloc, Michal Urbaniak Quartet, Bill Holman, The Boston Brass, Bill Russo’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble, The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, JazzTech Big Band, The Miami Saxophone Quartet, Jim Walker & Free Flight, The Grant Park Symphony with Luciana Souza and Patti Austin, The Joffrey Ballet, Luna Negra Dance Company, The Chicago Human Rhythm Project, and Chicago Tap Theater. Eric has the distinction of having performed in the bands of three of the four members of the Pat Metheny Group - a tour in 1977 with Pat, a long association with drummer Paul Wertico and a Latin American tour with Lyle Mays in 1992. He has toured nationally/internationally with the Lyle Mays Quartet, the Terry Callier Group, the Paul Wertico Trio, the Kurt Elling Quartet, Ken Nordine’s Word Jazz, the Howard Levy Quartet and the Grazyna Auguscik Quintet. He has performed at the Jazz Festivals of Montreal, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago (18 times), Montreux, UK/London, Free Jazz/Brazil, Leverkeusen/Germany, World Music Festival/Barcelona, Rome Jazz, Rotterdam Jazz, Karlsruhe Festival/GR, Frappe Festival/FR, Nice Jazz/FR, Gigon Festival/Sp., Cully Jazz/Swiss, Blues and Roots Fest/Australia, The International Society of Jazz Educators/Atlanta, The Chicago Flute Club, The Percussive Arts Society/Columbus OH, Rockford Jazz, IL, Hyde Park Jazz Festival/Chicago, South Shore Jazz/Chicago, Elkhart Jazz/IN, Columbus Jazz Festival/OH, Milwaukee Summerfest, Louisville Festival of the Arts, Blue Note Tokyo, Yokohama and Milan, and concerts and clubs worldwide

Album

Shuffling Ivories

Label: JMood Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Shuffling Ivories, I've Found A New Baby, Clef Club Jump, Memories Of You, The Time Of This World Is At Hand, Quiet Dawn, Laverne, Anysha, Italy, The Chevy Chase, Laverne-Take 2

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Article: Interview

Roberto Magris: "Il jazz è un veicolo per contenuti elevati"

Read "Roberto Magris: "Il jazz è un veicolo per contenuti elevati"" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Nato a Trieste nel 1959, Roberto Magris è dai primi anni ottanta uno dei jazzmen italiani più attivi all'estero, tra i pochissimi a collaborare con i musicisti dell'Est Europa quando esisteva ancora la cosiddetta “cortina di ferro." Dei suoi organici ricordiamo il MUH trio, il Gruppo Jazz Marca, l'Europlane Orchestra, il DMA Urban Jazz Funk e ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Recent Piano Music

Read "Recent Piano Music" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Small groups featuring piano continue to work their individual brands of magic throughout the jazz world. Here are some examples from the last few months. Ray Gallon Make Your Move Cellar Live 2021 Pianist Ray Gallon has been around for over thirty-five years playing with the likes of ...

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris: Shuffling Ivories

Read "Shuffling Ivories" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Pianist Roberto Magris follows up his critically-acclaimed album Suite! (JMood Records, 2018) with a duet recording with Chicago-based bassist Eric Hochberg, whom he met while recoding Suite! . Returning to the windy city in November 2019 to promote the release of Suite! , Magris and Hochberg decided to make an album of their own while enduring ...

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris & Eric Hochberg: Shuffling Ivories

Read "Shuffling Ivories" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


You cannot get a sound that is more dead-center-of-the-U.S.A than pianist Roberto Magris and Eric Hochberg's Shuffling Ivories. This makes sense geographically as the disc comes from Kansas City's JMood Records, the label that seems intent on recording everything that Magris has to offer, including the pianist's 2020 magnum opus, Suite. Born in Trieste, ...

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News: Recording

JMood Records Releases Pianist Roberto Magris' 'Shuffling Ivories'

JMood Records Releases Pianist Roberto Magris' 'Shuffling Ivories'

JMood Records is pleased to announce the CD release of Shuffling Ivories by Roberto Magris.” “This project is a fantastic voyage from, Eubie Blake to Andrew Hill, spanning over 100 years of jazz history and over one hour of amazing music”, says jny: Kansas City jazz impresario Paul Collins. “Although this project reflects music from several ...

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris: Suite!

Read "Suite!" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Roberto Magris, the Italian pianist who spends a good bit of time in the United States, records prolifically. His latest release is a 2CD set that covers a lot of ground, encompassing sparkling hard bop, spiritual jazz, solo piano work and soulful excursions that feature electric keyboards. For much of the CD Magris plays ...

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Sunset Breeze

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Label: JMood Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 10:36

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris: Suite!

Read "Suite!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


When appraising a new recording by Roberto Magris, Rule No. 1 is always to expect the unexpected. On eighteen previous albums, the Italian-born pianist has produced tributes to Lee Morgan, Elmo Hope and Cannonball Adderley, welcomed guest artists Herb Geller, Sam Reed and Ira Sullivan, and led groups ranging from trio to septet, all for Kansas ...


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