Erik Jekabson is a Bay Area-based trumpet player, composer, arranger and educator. Erik has four CDs out on his own Jekab’s Music record label including the 2014-released “Erik Jekabson Quartet & John Santos: Live at the Hillside Club”. A fourth CD, “Intersection”, was recorded in New York in 2002 and released on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label. He’s recorded as a sideman on over 25 other jazz recordings, as well as doing session work in many other genres of music and on movie and video game soundtracks.
He’s spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and the Howard Fishman Quartet, and has performed at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, Madison Square Garden, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman.
As an arranger and composer, he’s written for singers such as Madeline Eastman and Sandy Cressman, and for the Stanford Jazz Orchestra, the Realistic Orchestra, the CSU East Bay Jazz Ensemble, the SF Composers Orchestra and his own Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, which plays every Sunday at Doc’s Lab in San Francisco.
Erik has brought his bands to the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the DeYoung Museum, the SFJazz Center, Kuumbwa Jazz, the Jazzschool, the Napa Valley Jazz Society’s Parlor Series, Jazz at Pearl’s, The Sound Room, Pacifica Performances, the Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival, the Red Poppy Art House and the Piedmont Piano Company.
Erik has a Bachelors Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is currently the director of the Young Musician’s Program at the California Jazz Conservatory, and serves on the board of Jazz in the Neighborhood. He is also on the faculty at Los Medanos College and Diablo Valley College, and has given clinics around the bay area and in New Orleans. He’s a regular instructor at Jazzcamp West, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop and the Brubeck Institute, and has written two books