Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Frazier, Eric, percussionist, vocalist, producer, songwriter and educator; b. Harlem, NY, 26 October 1947. His parents are Marjorie and Gilbert Frazier. Eric Frazier and his six brothers and sisters were raised in Brooklyn, New York.
Frazier attended the famed Boys High in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Eric attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and received the B.A. degree in the late sixties. Eric additionally earned two Master's degrees and a Doctoral ABD in Education Administration, from New York's Columbia University Teachers College.
Frazier's music provides an exuberant experience in the traditional eloquence of Jazz at its best; including Swing, Blues, Be Bop, and Bossa Nova. It also provides a potpourri of music in the genres of Salsa, Calypso and R&B.
In 1998, after hearing a solo performance in New York City, the legendary drummer Max Roach was moved to tell the audience that they were in the midst of one of today's great conga drummers in Eric Frazier. Eric was born in Harlem, New York City and raised in Brooklyn, New York.
Eric currently hosts and plays with his band, during his weekly jazz series in Brooklyn, New York at O's Restaurant. Eric continues to create inspirational music for "good people."
Eric has performed with great artists including Reggie Workman, Pharoah Sanders, Carlos Garnett, Jack McDuff, Olatunji, Katherine Dunham, and Charles Moore.
Count Your Blessings; Smile Inside Your Soul
Eric has performed on BET Cable TV shows such as, Jazz Discovery and BET On Jazz and hosted his own TV talk show called "Cultural Horizons" on Queens NY public access TV. He has made many Cable TV appearances including on: Camille Yarbrough's "Ancestor House"; "Keeping It Real With Shannon" hosted by Lottie Shannon; The "Jazzy Jazz" show and "Caribbean Soul" show on Brooklyn Cable Access TV(BCAT).
Eric is the author of poetry books entitled: Family, Friends and You; Thought of a Black Child; and Black Gold and You. In 2001, Eric's poem, titled "Rhythm", also the first track on Eric's Count Your Blessings CD, was featured in the November 2000 issue of Essence Magazine.
Features and interviews in print:
Print media publications which have featured reviews and articles about Eric Frazier's performances are: The Amsterdam News; The Village Voice; Rolling Out NY Newspaper; The Daily Challenge; SIU-Carbondale Alumni Magazine and Pure Jazz Magazine