Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer and educator who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is equally busy playing and composing for different bands, leading his own groups and teaching a wide variety of students. Erik has two CDs out under his own name: his most recent solo album “Crescent Boulevard”, released in 2010 on his own Jekab’s Music label, and “Intersection”, which was recorded in New York in 2002 and released on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label. Erik also co-produced two other recordings:“Vista: the Arrival” and “New World Funk Ensemble” which are widely available. He has recorded as a sideman on over 25 other jazz recordings, as well as on movie and video game soundtracks, and has published his own book of Jazz Duets. Erik has spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and the Howard Fishman Quartet, performing at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Madison Square Garden and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman.
Erik currently leads his own ensembles in the Bay Area, and has performed with them at the DeYoung Museum, Jazz at Pearl’s, Pacifica Performances, the Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival, the Jazzschool, the Red Poppy Art House and the Piedmont Piano Company. He has also appeared as a sideman with other groups at the San Jose Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the North Beach Jazz Festival, and the Gualala Jazz Festival. Erik maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician and often performs with local Bay Area musicians such as the Happy Hour Jazz Quintet, Terry Disley, Mario Guarneri, Marcus Shelby, Larry Vuckovich, Lavay Smith, and the Jazz Mafia. Erik is currently teaching at the Jazzschool, Chabot College, Cal State East Bay, and Los Medanos College, and has given clinics at Santa Rosa Junior College and Loyola College in New Orleans. He is also a regular faculty member of Jazzcamp West, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and the Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop.