Bio

Eric produced two recordings with Brenda Boykin before she moved to Europe. "Bourbon and Cornbread "was there first project and features the two of them performing an eclectic mix of original music, jazz standards, and American roots music. Their second project was a double CD. “Conversations in Time". This project features a full band on disc one, and their original guitar vocal duo on disc two. 

After Brenda's move to Europe Eric formed his own group and produced "In Pursuit of the Sound". This project featured some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s finest musicians. The rhythm section features Ruth Davies on bass, Raúl Ramirez on percussion, and Marty Williams on piano. This recording also features some special guests. Charles McNeal on sax, Wayne Wallace o trombone (he also arranged the horn parts), and Babatunde Lea on percussion. Vocalist Joyce Grant joins the crew to sing her original composition "Sing to Me". 

Lately Eric has played with many San Francisco Bay Area artists. this list includes the Junious Courtney's Big Band, EW Wainwrights African Roots of Jazz, Edwin Hawkins Community in Praise Gospel Choir, the widely acclaimed storyteller, Diane Ferlatte. He has also become a member of the Bay Area’s finest New Orleans Groove band "CHELLE! and Friends", Chelle Jacques dynamic octet.

World-Class Guitar Virtuoso, Eric Swinderman has been one of the Bay Area's premier guitar player's for the last 25 years. Known primarily through his work with the dynamic jazz and blues singer, Brenda Boykin, he continues to create an exciting blend of Straight ahead jazz, blues, and "roots" music. His recordings are always easy to listen to, and filled with enough variety to keep the listener interested. 

San Francisco Examiner music critic, Phil Elwood, Mr. Swinderman as "a marvelous guitar player-unassuming, imaginative. He projects a clear, strong line.  When Eric plays, the audience is involved. His performances are the kind that jazz lovers crave: the emphasis is on mellow sounds, but, at the same time, he swings. Really swings."

 

 

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