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Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer and educator who has recorded or performed with Illinois Jacquet, the Woody Herman Big Band, John Mayer, Galactic, Mark Turner, Brian Blade, and Nicholas Payton, among others. His most recent solo album “Crescent Boulevard” was released in 2010 on his own Jekab’s Music label.  “Intersection”, a jazz record recorded in New York, was released in the fall of 2003 by the Fresh Sound/New Talent label, and recordings of two of his other projects, “Vista: the Arrival” and “New World Funk Ensemble” are also widely available.  Erik has recorded as a sideman on over 25 other jazz recordings, as well as recording on movie and video game soundtracks, and is currently recording a series of jazz trumpet duets to accompany an original book.  Erik has spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and the Howard Fishiman Quartet, performing at the Concertegebow 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, and the Red Poppy Art House.  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 in addition to his teaching jobs and often performs with local Bay Area musicians such as Marcus Shelby, Larry Vuckovich, Lavay Smith, and the Jazz Mafia.  Erik is currently teaching at The Jazzschool, Berkeley City College, Chabot College, Cal State East Bay, Los Medanos College, Diablo Valley College and has taught clinics at Santa Rosa Junior College and Loyola College in New Orleans, as well as teaching at Jazzcamp West, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and the Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop. 

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