“Some pianists forget: the technique is less important than its use. Silence has musical value, as does echo – blend it properly and its impact can top the busiest of runs. John Erickson knows.” – John Barrett, Jr.  JAZZ IMPROV magazine.

STYLE – Recognized for his lyrical style, pianist John Erickson’s professional music career began in San Diego, California while earning a degree in jazz performance. Now based in Chicago, his sound could be described as a blend of  Bill Evans, Lyle Mays, and George Winston. John strives to find that perfect balance between warm, familiar melody and adventurous jazz improvisation.

CDs – Erickson has recorded four albums under his name. Contemplation, his debut, is a set of solo piano originals and piano/bass duets with Pat Metheny Group bassist and producer Steve Rodby. The follow up, And So On, added percussion for a rich and varied mix of original songs and covers of Steely Dan and Miles Davis. A Feeling of Christmas celebrates the season with jazz infused Christmas carols and hymns which one reviewer described as “Windham Hill meets Vince Guaraldi”. And the latest recording, Side One, is an collection of reflective, solo piano interpretations of timeless classics by Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Paul McCartney and others.

SIDEMAN – As a sideman, John toured seven years nation-wide with acclaimed jazz guitarist Nick Colionne, appearing at such revered festivals as Seabreeze, Berks, and JazzTrax Festivals in Big Bear and Catalina Island. Other notable artists he has performed with include Steve Cole, Peter White, Sax Pack, Gerald Albright, Eric Darius, Stephanie Browning, Typhanie Monique, Joy Eden Harrison and Dolly Varden.

CURRENTLY – In addition to performances as a solo artist and with his trio, Erickson currently appears with The Buddy Fambro Band,  Bryan Lubeck’s Acoustic Vineyard, the Steely Dan tribute band Bad Sneakers Orchestra, and beloved folk trio Sons of the Never Wrong. Also an enthusiastic teacher, he is a private instructor and accompanist at the Old Town School of Folk Music. And since 1998, he has been bringing his unique sound to the worship services of LakeView Presbyterian Church.

VENUES – John has played in a number of the mid-west’s top music venues including The City Winery, SPACE,  Mayne Stage, The Old Town School of Folk Music, Uncommon Ground, Fitzgeralds, 27 Live, Close Up 2, Reggie’s, Pete Miller’s, and The Green Mill.