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While still a student, Jackie McLean invited Eric to join his band, marking the beginning of a fifteen-year professional musical apprenticeship. Eric would follow in the steps of Michael Carvin, Billy Higgins, Jack DeJohnette, and Tony Williams, Mr. McLean's most notable drum apprentices. Eric thinks of this association as one of the most challenging in his musical life and says, "Jackie McLean combines two universes moving together as one. He embodies the tradition of Charlie Parker, Bud Powell and Thelonius Monk and reaches beyond that tradition to propel the music forward. I learned to find a balance between his two musical worlds and provide the percussive accents, textures and colors to support his expansive canvas. Accompanying Mr. McLean sharpened my ability to digest and interpret music in a highly personalized way."

As an expression of their personal relationship and their musical connection, in the early 90s Mr. McLean (a.k.a. J-Mac or Jackie-Mac) gave Eric the nickname "E-Mac," a tag that endures.

E-Mac has performed at the most coveted venues and festivals in the Far East, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, the Caribbean and the United States. Eric feels privileged to have performed with such diverse artists like Abraham Burton, Andrew Hill, Pharoah Sanders, Richard Davis, Claudia Acuña, Avishai Cohen, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Jason Moran and Greg Osby to name a few.

With his childhood friends, Abraham Burton and Nasheet Waits, Eric invests his time at the MPI Recording & Rehearsal Studio that was established by Freddie Waits. Eric has composed music for and produced three CDs and continues to expand his producing abilities by engineering and recording at MPI.

Eric is a dedicated music educator who teaches private students, participates in New York City arts-in-education programs, and conducts workshops and master classes worldwide. In whatever context, Eric's approach to teaching reflects the training he received. As he was encouraged to access his own voice, express his individuality and open his approach to conceptual rhythms by his master teachers, Eric passes that collective legacy on to his students.


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