I am in the process of putting together this week’s Contrabass Conversations episode featuring an interview with Indiana University double bass professor Lawrence Hurst. I know that bass players out there will really get a lot out this interview, and I think that they will enjoy the back and forth between co-host John Grillo, Mr. Hurst, and myself.
Next weekend (May 18-19) I will be putting out an episode featuring jazz bassist Eric Hochberg. Eric is a great player and offers excellent insight into the world of jazz bass performance and musicianship. You can visit him online at www.erichochberg.com.
Here is some background information on Eric:
A mainstay of the Chicago music scene for more than twenty years, Eric Hochberg has lent his bass work — both upright and electric — and an occasional trumpet 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, Cassandra Wilson, Von Freeman, Chico Freeman, Ken Nordine, Cannonball Adderly, David Bromberg, Johnny Frigo, Howard Levy Quartet, Kurt Elling, Trio New, Tierny Sutton, Patricia Barber, Jackie Allen, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman Quartet, Sam Rivers, Bobby Broom, Rick Margitza, Grazyna Augucik, Sheila Jordan, Alan Pasqua, Bob Sheppard, Mark Murphy, Randy Brecker, Terry Callier, Don Ellis, Larry Coryell Trio, Sonny Fortune Quartet, Fareed Haque, Lew Tabackin, Kahil El Zabar, Brian Lynch, Jon Faddis, Lester Bowie, Don Moye, Henry Butler, Frank Catalano, Chevere de Chicago, Mark Colby, Anthony Molinaro, Bonnie Koloc, Michal Urbaniak Quartet, Bill Holman, Jon Faddis, Joshua Redman, The Chicago Jazz Ensemble and Sonia Dada.
He has toured nationally/internationally with the Lyle Mays Quartet, the Terry Callier Group, the Paul Wertico Trio, the Kurt Elling Quartet, and the Grazyna Auguscik Quintet and has performed at the Jazz Festivals of Montreal, San Fransisco, Chicago (16 times), Montreux, Rotterdam, UK London, Free Jazz/Sao Paolo & Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Leverkeusen/Germany, Bam Festival/Barcelona, Nice Jazz(Fr), Cully Jazz(Swiss), The International Society of Jazz Educators/Atlanta, The Percussive Arts Society/Columbus, OH and many others.
Eric Hochberg’s groups perform frequently around Chicagoland. The Eric Hochberg Orchestra has performed for countless events of all kinds over the past twenty years and Eric Hochberg Music contracts the finest musicians in the Chicago area for clients worldwide.
As a producer, Eric is credited with Jackie Allen’s 2006 debut Blue Note Records release, “Tangled” and her 2003 release “The Men in My Life”. Eric has also worked extensively with legendary singer-songwriter Terry Callier, producing his latest album, “Lookin’ Out”, on Emarcy and Mr. Bongo Records, the critically acclaimed “TC in DC” on Premonition, Verve Forecast’s “Timepeace”, Novo Record’s “Chicago Rapid Transit” and Acid Jazz “Totally Re-wired Vol. 8”. He co-produced “Future Tense” by Hochberg/Eisen/Potter available at musicstem.com. He is currently working on a trio project with pianist Michael Kocour, saxophonist Rich Fudoli and Eric on bass.
As a composer, Eric has made contributions to Kurt Elling’s “Close Your Eyes” and “The Messenger” on Blue Note, Hochberg and Potter’s “World Thing” on HoPo Records, Trio New “New Bolero”, Paul Wertico’s “Yin and the Yout” and The Paul Wertico Trio’s “Live in Warsaw” & “Don’t Be Scared Anymore”. Five new compositions are featured on “Future Tense”, the new recording by Eric, Steve Eisen & Andrew Scott Potter.
- new podcast theme music with Eric Hochberg
- String tone matrix link from Eric Hochberg
- USF jazz blog
- International Association of Jazz Educators report
- Jazz practicing resources