Eric Erhardt


Eric Erhardt


Eric Erhardt





Clearly a skilled composer, Erhardt is also quite adept at any woodwinds he plays, whether it be tenor saxophone, clarinet or flute.

Jon solomonwestword

Erhardt is a superb multi-reed player whose compositions meld melodies and harmonies redolent of late 20th Century pre-free progressive jazz and modern classical music with the complexly syncopated rhythms of various ethnic musics.

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Reed man Eric Erhardt is a busy performer on the Denver music scene, playing lead tenor sax in the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra and working regularly in many local bands and venues.
In addition to gigging as a sideman, Eric leads his own group – The BetterFate Ensemble – and teaches private lessons on saxophone, clarinet and flute.
Eric has performed with such diverse acts as The Temptations, The Drifters, The Sylistics, The Artie Shaw Orchestra, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, The Boulder Symphony, The Denver Pops, and six international tours of various Broadway shows.
In the jazz world he has shared the stage with Jamey Aebersold, Pete Christlieb, Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, David Liebman, Ken Peplowski, Antonio Sanchez, Gunther Schuller, Diane Shuur, Byron Stripling, and Bill Watrous.

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Woodwind Woodshed


Launching April 2020

  • This weekly Vlog and Podcast tracks selected projects from practice routines on saxophone, clarinet, flute and more.
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  • My debut album released in 2011 on Tapestry Records.
  • All original compositions and arrangements for septet.
  • Features New York jazz musicians Russ Johnson, Sebastian Noelle, Nick Paul, Linda May Han Oh, Mike Davis, James Shipp & Dan Willis.