Saxophonist Eric Letta is constantly striving to listen, learn and elevate his playing to the next level. In his debut album "Say," Eric finally gets a chance to express his unique style through his original jazz music. A native of Akron, Ohio, Eric began his musical journey on the clarinet. His talent and love for music was noticed at an early age. By high school, he was winning numerous awards and solo citations on the saxophone, including "Outstanding Soloist" at the Tri-C and Lakeland Jazz Festivals. At age 17, he helped form the band Basic Expression, a very successful jazz quintet that performed all around the greater Akron area. Eric was one of two tenor saxophonists in Ohio chosen to play in the All-State Jazz Ensemble in Columbus. At the time his professional career was taking off as a jazz saxophonist, Eric joined the rock band Higher Ground, which allowed him to expand his repertoire. While attending Kent State University, Eric continued his musical education studying privately with two outstanding teachers and performers, Mike Vanarsdale and Bobby Selvaggio. At age 20, he joined the show band Special Effect, performing throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania. This extremely exciting band, which is now called Ovation, featured Eric playing many styles including Motown, Rock N' Roll, Disco, Funk, Blues, Swing and R&B. Now living in California, Eric continues his musical exploration. Along with freelancing for numerous groups and composing new original material, he plays lead tenor for The New FBI, a rock and soul band that covers the likes of Tower of Power, Chicago, Steely Dan, and Blood Sweat & Tears. Throughout his musical career, which is still in it's infancy, Eric has performed at such prestigious venues as The Coach House, The Blue Cafe, Nighttown, the House of Blues, the Cleveland Bop Stop, Severance Hall, the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame, Scene Pavilion, Jacobs Field, the Cleveland Convocation Center, the Columbus Convention Center, Akron Canal Park, and E.J. Thomas Hall. In January 2006, Eric released his first full-length album entitled "Say," which features seven original compositions and two arrangements of American Classics. In "Say," Eric expresses his own unique voice on the tenor and soprano saxophones, creating music that is fresh and energetic. Incorporating traditional aspects of jazz with a modern approach to harmony and rhythm, Eric attempts to keep the music spontaneous and fun. "Say" proves to keep the audience listening, and is filled with many pleasant surprises. It is now being played on various radio stations, including 90.3 Ideastream in Cleveland, and 91.3 The Summit in Akron.
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