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 was 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.
Alongside saxophonist Tim Warfield, Eric was named Artist in Residence at Messiah College in PA in 2019.
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