Early one winter several years ago, Jimmy Davis and the Cherokee Jam Band were jamming and practicing for the Jazz Festival when a young man by the name of Eric Klotz walked in with his guitar and joined in.
The band members eventually stopped playing just to listen. They were impressed.
Jimmy talked with festival organizers and arranged a special invitation for Eric to perform at the 2005 festival. This year he and his trio will return for two Pub Crawl intimate concerts.
I'm excited that Eric Klotz, a Cherokee native son, has chosen to perform along with the Eric Klotz Trio at this year's Jazz and Blues Festival, January 2-4.
Eric's approach is intellectual and primarily influenced by Jazz. He studied music theory and composition so he can break it all down and tell you exactly what he's doing and why he's doing it. He holds a Master of Arts from the Minnesota State University Moorhead - with focus in Jazz Performance and Composition.
Eric thoughtfully chooses his work, words and his music. His instrument of choice is electric guitar. He has been writing music specifically for the 2009 Jazz and Blues Festival.
After graduation Eric married and moved to Chicago - his interest is jazz music - so Chicago is the place to be. He has been well received in the Chicago Jazz community.
Members of the Eric Klotz Trio are Tim Seisser, bass, Neal Wehman, drums and Eric Klotz, guitar and composition. The Eric Klotz Trio will be performing music that combines elements of Jazz, Rock, Blues and Funk. The mixture of these genres in combination with a high level of promising talent creates a unique musical experience.
Since moving to Chicago Eric has played and recorded with some of the best. One of his influences is 73-year old Jim Hall, the greatest living jazz guitarist and National Endowment for the Arts Master.
He is also a fan of Scott Hessey from Sioux City. Hessey is just one more phenomenal Iowa musician who needs to come back for the Jazz Festival one of these days.
We look forward to having Eric back home again and are fortunate to have the Eric Klotz Trio at the 2009 Jazz and Blues Festival.
Eric Klotz is a 4th generation Cherokee native. He is the son of Diane Davis-Byers (Cleghorn) and Leo Klotz (Cherokee). The first Davis to come to Cherokee was his great-grand father. The first Davis was a migrant worker who came out of Southern Illinois during the 1930's dust bowl depression era and stayed here.
Eric started taking playing over 20 years ago and took lessons with a couple local guys, Bernie Stief and Mike Hoover.
He graduated from Cherokee Washington High School in 1997 and then graduated Summa Cum Laude from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minnesota in 2002 with a Bachelor of Music degree with a Jazz and Studio Performance Emphasis. He finished his master's degree in 2002.
Last time I talked to him he said, "I'm almost making a living between playing music and giving lessons."
Eric has been fortunate to teach as an adjunct Guitar Instructor at Minnesota State University, seven years as the jazz guitar instructor at the famed International Music Camp. He has performed in jazz groups of all sizes, theater productions, recording sessions, in various Chicago venues and as a classical guitarist.
Jazz and Blues Festival
Schedule and Locations
Eric Klotz Trio will play from 9 to 12 p.m. at the Friday Night Pub Crawl at Corvo's, and from 9-12 at the Saturday Night Pub Crawl at The Gathering Place. Pub Crawl admission is $10 per night, covering all venues.