Eric Wurzelbacher - Saxophone/ Composition
Andrew Haug - Piano
Justin Dawson - Bass
Charlie Schefft - Drums
Eric Wurzelbacher is a Cincinnati - based saxophonist who was classically trained while attending the College Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati) and 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 found jazz and improvised music as an ideal outlet while being fortunate enough to share the stage with a number of inspiring artists including Fareed Haque (Garaj Majal), John Labarbera, and Matt Wilson (with Jeff Lederer).
After graduating in 2015, Eric toured Europe for a number of months while playing on cruise ships. Realizing his true passion for composing and playing his own music, Eric has since been touring the country with his self- titled group and released two albums as a band leader and composer: "Eco Quartet" (2017) and "Power" (2018); "Maya" (2019) is set to be released this summer.
Eric has been surrounded by the music business for his entire life, but not on the side that you might expect. Growing up and working in a family business that constructs stages for festivals (one of them being the Newport Jazz Festival) around the country exposed Eric to music and a way of life that he would have never experienced otherwise.
As a product Eric's midwest childhood spent listening to classic rock and grunge, his music and playing style has been described as an art form that "harnesses the intensity, power, and deliberate transitions of rock, while still remaining highly improvised in the spirit of jazz"