December 27th, 2022 8:30pm Stage 3
Rooted in Cincinnati, OH, Eric Wurzelbacher is an unexpected musician out of the midwest. Described by the Jazz Journal UK as a “foot- tapping mix of hard-bop impro and rock”, Eric has worked tirelessly for years to authentically combine the conciseness of rock and the freedom of jazz.
Eric started making his national mark after playing at the legendary Newport Jazz Festival for the first time in 2019. As a leader and composer, he has released four albums composed of all original music. Eco Quartet (2017), Power (2018), Maya (2019), and Idle Minds (2021).
While attending the College Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati) as a classical saxophonist, Eric was named one of the top 10 saxophonists in the nation through the United States Army Solo Competition in 2012. Through his time in college, he became fixated on composing and freely improvising with other musicians. Eric found his true calling as an artist through this realm, although the search still continues...