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The John Erickson Trio

A powerhouse, tuneful, Chicago jazz combo not to be missed

The John Erickson Trio has been delighting audiences for over 10 years with it's unique arrangements of familiar pop & jazz classics, and it’s gorgeous original compositions. The groups broad repertoire includes songs from such wide ranging artists as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Dave Brubeck, Vince Guaraldi, Journey, U2, Thelonius Monk, Beethoven, and even The Muppets. Also known for wonderful holiday concerts, Gina Vodegel of All About Jazz writes, “the Erickson Trio creates a whole new universe with lush reharmonizations, extended melodies, and subtle force. They turns traditionals into originals and lift them beyond the holiday season.” Displaying a clear joy in playing together and in sharing their music with others, The John Erickson Trio delivers a remarkably enjoyable evening for any audience. 

LATEST NEWS: John Erickson Trio is back in the studio recording a new Christmas album. Expected release November 2019.

The Players

Lyrical jazz pianist JOHN ERICKSON, originally from California and now based in Chicago, has recorded five albums as a leader, receiving airplay on over 300 NPR, college and satellite radio stations in the U.S. and Canada. As a sideman, John toured nationwide with Nick Colionne and has worked with a number of other artists such as Steve Rodby, Steve Cole, Peter White, Gerald Albright, Stephanie Browning and Typhanie Monique. He currently appears with, the beloved folk trio Sons of the Never Wrong and the Steely Dan tribute band Bad Sneakers. Also an enthusiastic educator, John is a much sought after instructor at The Old Town School of Folk Music.

Drummer/percussionist TIM MULVENNA has been performing and teaching for the last two decades in Chicago, as well as playing festivals and touring internationally. Artists he has worked with include The Eternals, Robbie Fulks, My Brightest Diamond, Ken Vandermark, Fareed Haque, Fred Anderson, Lin Halliday, Ritchie Cole, Rob Mazurek, Jeff Parker, Liquid Soul, Larry Novak, John Abercrombie, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, James Falzone’s Allos Consort, Grazyna Auguscik, the Metropolis Orchestra, Frank Quinn and the Holy Hour House Band, and the Gypsy Rhythm Project.

Bassist DAVE HILTEBRAND Dave's twenty plus year career has led him to Havana, Cuba to Carnegie Hall and many places in between, a two year stint on the national tour of Jersey Boys and network tv appearances on the ABC drama Betrayal and the pilot episode of Empire on FOX. He has composed music for Nike, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Allstate, the Big Ten Network, the James Beard Awards and Brightspark Travel. For the last ten years Dave has played bass with the world renowned Chicago Children's Choir.

Bassist PATRICK WILLIAMS, originally from Iowa, performs in a wide variety of musical settings and is proficient on both upright and electric bass. He has worked with Stephen Stills, The Moody Blues, Underwater People, and jazz legends Von Freeman and Tal Farlow. Patrick currently tours as bassist and musical director with Under the Streetlamp, the vocal group composed of recent leading cast members from the Broadway show, Jersey Boys.