Photo Credit: Jackie Jasperson

The JOHN ERICKSON TRIO has been delighting audiences since 2008 when it formed to record A FEELING of CHRISTMAS, a CD collection of jazz infused carols and hymns. Says Gina Vodegel of All About, “Familiar songs like Carol of the Bells, Gabriel’s Message, and Silent Night all carry the distinctive signature of the Erickson Trio which creates a whole new universe with lush reharmonization, extended melodies and subtle force. They turn traditionals into originals and lift them beyond the holiday season.”

In addition to stellar holiday concerts, a night with the trio touches on tuneful originals, jazz standards, and classic pop songs interpreted in fresh new ways. Displaying a clear joy of playing together and sharing this music with the audience, The John Erickson Trio delivers a surprisingly enjoyable and unforgettable musical experience.

The Players

Lyrical jazz pianist JOHN ERICKSON, originally from California and now based in Chicago, has recorded four albums as a leader, receiving airplay on over 300 NPR, college and satellite radio stations in the U.S. and Canada. As a sideman, John toured nationwide with Nick Colionne and has worked with a number of other artists such as Steve Rodby, Steve Cole, Peter White, Gerald Albright, Stephanie Browning and Typhanie Monique. He currently appears with The Buddy Fambro Band, the Steely Dan tribute band Bad Sneakers, and beloved folk trio Sons of the Never Wrong. Also an enthusiastic educator, John is a much sought after instructor at The Old Town School of Folk Music.

Versatile bassist PATRICK WILLIAMS, originally from Iowa, performs in a wide variety of musical settings and is proficient on both upright and electric bass. He has worked with Stephen Stills, The Moody Blues, Underwater People, and jazz legends Von Freeman and Tal Farlow. Patrick currently tours as bassist and musical director with Under the Streetlamp, the vocal group composed of recent leading cast members from the Broadway show, Jersey Boys.

Drummer/percussionist TIM MULVENNA has been performing and teaching for the last two decades in Chicago, as well as playing festivals and touring internationally. Artists he has worked with include The Eternals, Robbie Fulks, My Brightest Diamond, Ken Vandermark, Fareed Haque, Fred Anderson, Lin Halliday, Ritchie Cole, Rob Mazurek, Jeff Parker, Liquid Soul, Larry Novak, John Abercrombie, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, James Falzone’s Allos Consort, Grazyna Auguscik, the Metropolis Orchestra, Frank Quinn and the Holy Hour House Band, and the Gypsy Rhythm Project.