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eric mcpherson : bio bg photo maurice robertson
Eric McPherson is at the vanguard of his generation's creative music drummers. His command of multiple percussion instruments is matched by the originality, electricity, versatility and sensitivity he adds to the continuum of the music.

Born in New York City, Eric's musical journey began immediately. Present at his birth were Broadway dancer Barbara Alston, his mother's best friend and the legendary bassist, Richard Davis; who suggested
that their godson be named after Eric Dolphy. Before Eric was three months old, his mother, Saundra, a professional dancer/choreographer, would strap him to her back and take him to her dance classes, rehearsals, auditions and performances. In these creatively fertile environments Eric began to absorb conceptual, rhythmic interpretations of music.

In Saundra's wide orbit of friends and colleagues were percussionists Max Roach, Michael Carvin, Charles Moffett, and Freddie Waits. These major innovators on their instrument would become Eric's primary influences on his musical development and on the eclectic musical arsenal from which he continually draws.

When Eric was twelve, he began his formal drum training under the tutelage of master percussionist Michael Carvin. Eric attended the prestigious LaGuardia High School of the Arts. He auditioned and was selected to perform in the New York All City High School and McDonald's High School Tri-State Big Bands. These bands appeared at many New York City performing arts centers including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Eric and his school combo won various competitions including Down Beat and McDonald's; individually he won several awards in the Outstanding Soloist category.

The Hartt School of Music, at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, awarded Eric a full scholarship to study at the school's renowned Jackie McLean Institute. Eric earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with top honors.

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