Eric Byrd, Piano & Vocals

Pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd has been playing professionally for over 30 years. Along with the principles of swing and be-bop, rousing gospel-tinged chords and trilling blues lines are fundamental elements of his performance style. His improvisations are intense, soulful and romantic; he takes listeners on a joyride as his fingers create magical works of art.

Eric has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Tim Green, Warren Wolf, Jeff Majors, Charlie Byrd, and Yolanda Adams to name a few. Along with his own recordings as a leader, he also appears on over 15 recordings by other artists. A former music professor at McDaniel College where he completed his undergraduate degree, he is now Minister of Music and Worship Leader at St John Baptist Church, a large African American church in the surrounding area of Washington, DC. An in-demand leader and sideman, active in both the jazz and gospel worlds, Eric is the primary composer for the group.

15 Questions for Eric Byrd


1. Why piano?
2. Why jazz?
3. Why the heavy gospel and blues influences in your style of jazz?
4. What jazz artists do you revere most?
5. What are your favorite jazz recordings?
6. What is the best live jazz performance you've ever witnessed?
7. Who are the living jazz artists with whom you'd most like to play?
8. What is the jazz venue you'd most like to play?
9. What is your best piece of advice for young jazz artists?
10. What are your favorite quotes by a jazz artist?
11. What is your favorite EBT recording/song?
12. What is your favorite EBT live performance?
13. Why Bhagwan?
14. Why Alphonso?
15. Why The Eric Byrd Trio?