The Eric Person Big Band to Appear at The Blue Note Jazz Club Monday, November 11
Saxophonist and composer Eric Person left his native St. Louis in 1982 looking to see what the New York City jazz scene had to offer. After an initial gig with the John Hicks Big Band, he was soon performing with a diverse array of jazz artists such as Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Chico Hamilton, the World Saxophone Quartet, Dave Douglas, Donald Byrd, Houston Person, Ronald Shannon Jackson, and many others. He's also been featured with rock and funk icons Vernon Reid, Ben Harper, and Bootsy Collins. Person is also the leader of his own bands "Meta-Four" and "Metamorphosis."
In 1993, Person released the first of three albums on Soul Note Records - Arrival, Prophecy, and More Tales to Tell - all of which garnered great reviews from critics. His 2010 release, "The Grand Illusion", reviewed by critic Donald Elfman of All About Jazz, declared that "Person seems to find something new to say and a different direction to follow with every project he undertakes" In a review of 2007's "Rhythm Edge", JazzTimes critic Bill Milkowski called Person "a risk-taking improviser, accomplished composer, and inveterate swinger." Critic Russ Musto of All About Jazz Magazine proclaimed about "Live at Big Sur "(2002) that "Person is more than fine; he's a major talent of his generation."