At the age of 12, just outside of Chicago , a young Erik Privert got his start playing the classical piano. This quickly changed when Erik entered high school and the double bass chair was open in the jazz band.
Erik picked the new instrument up quickly and went on to perform with the prestigious Grammy Foundation All-Star Jazz Band and the Illinois All- State band. He also attended the National High School Music Institute at Northwestern University and was afforded the opportunity to play throughout the world.
In 1997, Erik was accepted to the world-renowned Berklee College of Music on a scholarship. At Berklee, he studied music business and performance with notable teachers including Whit Browne, Peter Aldaheff, and Phil Wilson. Before graduating in 2001, Erik was awarded The Joe Smith Scholarship, The John Neves Scholarship, and the Berklee Achievement Scholarship.
After graduating Berklee in 2001, Erik has been fortunate to record, perform, and tour with Rachael Price, Kurt Elling, James Moody, Kevin Mahogany, Ron Blake, TS Monk, Nnenna Freelon, Eric Reed, and many more. Some of the venues where he has performed include Wally’s Jazz Cafe (Boston, MA), Jazz Alley (Seattle, WA), Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI), Detroit Jazz Festival (Detriot, MI), Juneau Jazz Festival (Juneau, AK), Detroit Symphony Hall (Detroit, MI), Tanglewood Jazz Festival (Lenox, MA), JVC Jazz Festival - Birdland.