Born: November 25, 1966
Called “a top-notch acoustic bass performer” by JazzReview.com, Erik Applegate has performed throughout the U.S. with jazz artists including the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Nnenna Freelon, Milt Jackson, Jeff Coffin, Mulgrew Miller, Greg Gisbert, Eddie Daniels, Ingrid Jensen, Dick Oatts, George Garzone, Tom Harrell, Don Aliquo, Clay Jenkins, Ron Miles, Scott Wendholdt, Jack Walrath, Kirk Whalum, Dave Pietro, Deborah Brown, Marlena Shaw, Peter Eldridge, Bob Dorough, Billy Pierce, Alan Dawson, and others. He toured with renowned pianist James Williams and in a trio with Harold Mabern and Ed Thigpen, and has appeared at jazz festivals, clubs, and concert series throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Australia. His first CD as a leader, Red Skies, showcases Applegate’s playing and songwriting in a quartet setting. He can also be heard on Dana Landry’s Grammy-nominated CD Journey Home (Summit Records), Don Aliquo’s Another Reply (CAP Records), and Ken and Harry Watters’ Brothers 3 (Summit Records), all of which reached the top 30 on the Jazz Week U.S. airplay chart. In addition to leading two bands of his own- A•S•K (a bass-voice-guitar jazz trio) and Red Sylvester, the electro-acoustic groove band (www.redsylvester.com)- Applegate performs frequently in a trio with Dana Landry (piano) and Jim White (drums), and appears with the Colorado Jazz Orchestra, Wil Swindler’s Elevenet, and pianist Mark Sloniker. His schedule, information on current projects, and sound clips are available at www.erikapplegate.com. Prior to rejoining Colorado's jazz scene, Erik spent several years in Nashville, where he performed with many of the “third coast” elite, including Jeff Coffin, Don Aliquo, and fellow bassist (and former Toto member) David Hungate. His three-year association with Jeff Coffin's Jazz Boys band led to a memorable performance with Bela Fleck and Chester Thompson....
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