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Eric Person
Musician Eric Person.jpg
Background information
Years active1982-present
LabelsVirgin Records
Island Records
ECM Records
De Werf Records
Sunjump Records
Associated actsBen Harper
Ronald Shannon Jackson
World Saxophone Quartet
John Esposito
Chico Hamilton
Chris Joris
Dave Holland

Eric Person (born 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri[1]) is an American alto and soprano saxophone player and leader of Meta-Four and Metamorphosis. Since coming to New York City in 1982, Person has performed with a who's who list of legends on the jazz and rock scene. He's performed and recorded with jazz masters:McCoy Tyner, Dave Holland, Houston Person, Donald Byrd, Chico Hamilton, John Hicks and World Saxophone Quartet. In rock, funk and world music:Vernon Reid, Ben Harper, Ofra Haza and Bootsy Collins.

1982-92 New York City

Eric arrived in New York City on May 17, 1982. Shortly after he arrived, Eric played his first New York City gigs with the John Hicks Big Band at the Public Theater. In September 1983 he auditioned for drummer Chico Hamilton.[2] He would perform with Mr. Hamilton off and on throughout the 80's and 90's. With Chico, Person would tour the United States, Europe and Japan and record six CD releases with him.[3]


  • (1993) Arrival
  • (1994) Prophecy
  • (1997) More Tales To Tell
  • (1999) Extra Pressure
  • (2003) Live at Big Sur
  • (2005) Reflections
  • (2007) Rhythm Edge
  • (2010) The Grand Illusion
  • (2012) Thoughts on God
  • (2015) DuoScope

With Ronald Shannon Jackson

With Dave Holland

With Chico Hamilton

  • (1988) Euphoria
  • (1991) Arroyo
  • (1993) Trio![4]
  • (1994) My Panamanian Friend (The music of Eric Dolphy)
  • (1999) Timely
  • (2001) Foreststorn (with Arthur Blythe and Steve Turre)

With Chris Joris

  • (2007) Rainbow Country (De Werf Records)
  • (2011) Marie's Momentum

With John Esposito

  • (2006) The Blue People
  • (2008) A Book of Five Rings (Sunjump Records)

With Ben Harper

With World Saxophone Quartet


  1. ^ Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (Eighth ed.). London: Penguin Group. pp. 1048–1049. ISBN 0-14-102327-9.
  2. ^ Edelstein, Paula. "Eric Person: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
  3. ^ Wilson, John. "Jazz Festival: Chico Hamilton Sextet". New York Times.
  4. ^ Stern, Chip (1993-06-01). "Reviews: Jazz". Musician (Archive: 1982-1999) (176). p. 92 – via Proquest Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive.

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