Erik Jekabson


Erik Jekabson, Trumpet and Flugelhorn

straight-ahead, latin and funky jazz


“…a perfect balance between melodic artistry and probing, knotty jazz improvisation”-
“…a cutting-edge jazz player and writer.”- jazztimes
“a provocative take on the jazz tradition, rooted in straight-ahead, elegant, small-group work.”-


One of the Bay Area’s busiest young trumpeters, Erik Jekabson has recorded as a sideman on over 25 other jazz recordings, as well as doing session work in many other genres of music and on movie and video game soundtracks, and has spent time on the road with Illinois JacquetJohn MayerGalactic, and the Howard Fishman Quartet.  While on the road, he was able to perform at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, the New Jersey Performing Arts CenterMadison Square Garden and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman. Erik is fast becoming a “first-call” freelance trumpet player, composer and educator.  He is equally busy playing and composing for different bands, leading his own groups and teaching a wide variety of students. Erik maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician and often performs with local Bay Area musicians such as the Jazz Mafia, Terry Disley, Mario Guarneri, Marcus Shelby, Larry Vuckovich, Lavay Smith, and the Happy Hour Jazz Quintet.

Erik has two CDs out under his own name: his most recent solo album “Crescent Boulevard”, released in 2010 on his own Jekab’s Music label, and “Intersection”, which was recorded in New York in 2002.  Erik also co-produced and played on two other recordings: “Vista: the Arrival” and “New World Funk Ensemble.”

Erik currently leads his own ensembles in the Bay Area, and has performed with them at the DeYoung Museum, SFJazz’s Summer Series, Jazz at Pearl’s, Pacifica Performances, the Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival, the Jazzschool, the Red Poppy Art House and the Piedmont Piano Company.  He has also appeared with other groups at the San Jose Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the North Beach Jazz Festival, and the Gualala Jazz Festival.

Erik has a Bachelors Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is currently teaching at the Jazzschool Institute, Chabot College, Cal State East Bay, and Los Medanos College. He has also given clinics at Santa Rosa Junior College and Loyola College in New Orleans, and is a regular instructor at Jazzcamp West, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop and at the Brubeck Institute.

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