as told to Beth Cathcart)
I'm excited that Eric Klotz, a Cherokee native son, has chosen to perform along with the Eric Klotz Trio at this years' Jazz and Blues Festival.
Eric's approach is intellectual and primarily influenced by Jazz. He studied music theory and composition so he can break it all down and tell you exactly what he's doing and why he's doing it. He holds a Master of Arts from the Minnesota State University Moorhead -- with focus in Jazz Performance and Composition.
Eric thoughtfully chooses his work, words and his music. His instrument of choice is electric guitar.
It's important to know, Eric has been writing and arranging music specifically for the 2009 Jazz and Blues Festival.
After graduation Eric married and moved to Chicago -- his interest is jazz music -- so Chicago is the place to be. He has been well received in the Chicago Jazz community.
Members of the Eric Klotz Trio are Tim Seisser, bass, Neal Wehman, drums and Eric Klotz, guitar and composition. The Eric Klotz Trio will be performing music that combines elements of Jazz, Rock, Blues and Funk. The mixture of these genres in combination with a high level of promising talent creates a unique musical experience.
We look forward to having Eric back home again and are fortunate to have the Eric Klotz Trio at the 2009 Jazz and Blues Festival.
Eric is a 4th generation Cherokee native. He is the son of Diane Davis-Byers (Cleghorn) and Leo Klotz (Cherokee). The first Davis to come Cherokee was Eric's great-grand father -- a migrant worker who arrived from Southern Illinois during the 1930's dust bowl depression era and stayed here.
Eric started playing guitar over 20 years ago and took lessons with a couple local guys, Bernie Stief and Mike Hoover.
He graduated from Cherokee Washington High School in 1997 and then graduated Summa Cum Laude from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minnesota in 2002 with a Bachelors of Music with a Jazz and Studio Performance Emphasis. In 2007, Eric finished his Masters of Art and relocated to Chicago.
Last time I talked to him he said I'm almost making a living between playing music and giving lessons. Eric has been fortunate to teach as an adjunct Guitar Instructor at Minnesota State University, seven years as the jazz guitar instructor at the famed International Music Camp. He has performed in jazz groups of all sizes, theater productions, recording sessions, in various Chicago venues and as a classical guitarist.
To learn more about Eric and listen to the Eric Klotz Trio go to:
Jazz and Blues Festival Schedule and Locations
Eric Klotz Trio will play from 9 to 12 p.m. at the:
Friday Night Pub Crawl: Corvo's
Saturday Night Pub Crawl: The Gathering Place
In 2005, Jimmy Davis and Cherokee Jam Band were jamming and practicing for the Jazz Festival when a young man by the name of Eric Klotz walked in with his guitar and joined in.
Apparently Jimmy and others in the band already knew Eric and eventually stopped playing just to listen. They were impressed.
Jimmy talked with festival organizers and arranged a special invitation for Eric to perform solo at the Gasthaus during the 6th CJBF Pub Crawl in January 2006. Which he did.
Contact Eric via email at: email@example.com