Composer and performer of modern jazz, Rob Erickson has released his flagship debut LP record, Just Passin’ Thru, comprising of 20 original tracks. With a total listening time of approximately an hour, making for a comprehensive treatment of Erickson’s repertoire. A touching, inspiring, and exceedingly colorful record, the album hits every note in the emotional scale and stands as an overt success in terms of songwriting, performance and production. The LP is distributed globally by MondoTunes and is available at iTunes Just Passin' Thru - Rob Erickson for convenient purchase and download. Rob has pledged 10% of all profits from this sale (online and otherwise) to the Houston Food Bank, which assists in feeding hungry families of Houston, TX.
Erickson cites as main artistic influences the likes of legends Oscar Peterson, Larry Carlton, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, the Beatles, and Charlie Parker. “My parents exposed me to all kinds of music,” Erickson writes. “Mother played piano. I took one year of piano lessons and quit for guitar to play rock music.”
Now a retired police officer after three decades on the force, Erickson took music lessons and attended college to study jazz while working in law enforcement. His apparent knack for leading these dual lifestyles shows in the myriad perspectives and tones of “Just Passin’ Thru.” Erickson’s tracks are often surprising, each one having its own character with just enough in common with the other songs to maintain a coherent whole.
“I played solo and with bands part-time while working as an officer. After retirement, I started writing/composing and recording at home. I have always listened to a wide variety of music (jazz, rock, electronic, country, some rap, etc). The music on my CD reflects that variety.”
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Rob grew up in New York and started music as a teenager, playing lead guitar in a rock band. After high school he switched to piano and started playing in churches. He became interested in jazz after coming to Texas and attended Houston Community College and earned his degree in jazz studies. While working as a law enforcement officer for 30 years, Rob performed in solo and group settings playing jazz, rock, Motown, and pop music throughout the Houston area.
Since his retirement, in 2012, Rob has continued composing, performing, and in 2013 released his first cd. Rob continues to play throughout Houston and the surrounding areas, at weddings and corporate events. He plays solo piano often at various Perry’s Steak House restaurants, and with the Jazzdish Group.