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Eric Hochberg

A mainstay of the Chicago music scene for more than forty years, Eric Hochberg has lent his bass work, both upright and electric, and an occasional trumpet, keyboard and vocal lick to a variety of projects across the realms of jazz, folk, rock and blues.

He has performed and/or recorded with the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny, Barbra Streisand, Cassandra Wilson, Von Freeman, Chico Freeman, Steve Kuhn, Ken Nordine, David Baker, Cannonball Adderly, Charles McPherson, Jon Faddis, Joshua Redman, David Bromberg, Johnny Frigo, Joe Daley, Howard Levy, Tim Ries, Kurt Elling, Trio New, Eric Alexander, Tierny Sutton, Patricia Barber, Jackie Allen, Janice Siegal, Peter Erskine, Joey Baron, Paul McCandless, Claudio Roditi, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, Sam Rivers, Jack DeJohnette, Bobby Broom, Eric Marienthal, Bobby Shew, Tom Harrel, Larry Novak, Gary Novak, Rick Margitza, Sheila Jordan, Diane Reeves, Alan Pasqua, Bob Sheppard, Mark Murphy, Bob Dorough, Randy Brecker, Terry Callier, Don Ellis, Larry Coryell, Rebecca Paris, Leni Andrade, Sonny Fortune, Willie Pickens, Bobby Lewis, Erma Thompson, Lew Tabackin, Brian Lynch, Lester Bowie, Don Moye, Earnest Dawkins, Henry Butler, Emily Remler, Herb Geller, Chevere de Chicago, Sonia Dada, Mark Colby, Orbert Davis, Ed Thigpen, Anthony Molinaro, Bonnie Koloc, Michal Urbaniak Quartet, Bill Holman, The Boston Brass, Bill Russo’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble, The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, JazzTech Big Band, The Miami Saxophone Quartet, Jim Walker & Free Flight, The Grant Park Symphony with Luciana Souza and Patti Austin, The Joffrey Ballet, Luna Negra Dance Company, The Chicago Human Rhythm Project, and Chicago Tap Theater.

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”On the the passionate ballad “Close Enough for Love” bassist Eric Hochberg takes center stage with mellifluous and agile soliloquy that elegantly emerges from the melancholic ensemble play and fades seamlessly back into it.” Chicago Jazz Magazine review of Larry Novak's “Invitation” Delmark Records

“Hochberg, too, revels in melody; his bass lines often carry an even more lyrical sweep than the pianist’s. His dust-dry tone and splendid technique have elicited praise for nearly four decades, in quite an array of contexts, from accompanying top-drawer soloists at the Jazz Showcase, to his nightly trio gig in the bar at Catch 35 Chicago, to commercial and industrial sessions around town, to producing albums by folk-jazz legend Terry Callier

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Been teaching jazz and contemporary double bass and bass guitar for much of my 35 year music career. On staff of Roosevelt University CCPA and Merit School of Music in Chicago. Students have been accepted at music schools and conservatories - Lawrence, USC, U of Illinois, Indiana University, Julliard, DePaul University, University of Miami.



Shuffling Ivories

JMOOD* Records


Shuffling Ivories

JMOOD* Records



JMOOD* Records



21st Century Entertainment


As You Spend Your Life

Southport Records


Sunset Breeze

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