Eric started piano lessons at the age of six, adding the clarinet and sax to his repertoire in subsequent years. The tenor sax became his obsession while studying in college with Harold Mabern, Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid, and others. In 1991, Eric placed second in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, helping to launch his career as a professional jazz musician. That same year, he released his first album as a leader, while also appearing on numerous releases as a sideman, eventually adding producer and composer credits to his résumé. He appears on upwards of a hundred albums. Among his influences are Charlie Parker, George Coleman, and John Coltrane. Living in NYC, Eric is active in the club scene there, while also continuing to tour internationally.