Eric Hofbauer Jazz Guitarist / Composer / Educator

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Ghost Frets – New Solo Album Released!!

Ghost Frets, my latest solo guitar album, dedicated to my dear friend and fellow six string samurai, Garrison Fewell is now available as of 9/16/16. It features a couple of songs by Garrison including Ayleristic and Blues Update, plus a tune G and I used to love to play in our duo concerts, Monk’s Let’s Cool […]

Awaken the Dragon – The Return of Solo Guitar & Garrison Fewell

I have taken a long break from solo guitar. Hell, I have taken a long break from posting a blog on ye olde home page. Life sometimes has a way of creating obstacles which prevent getting everything done on that “to do” list. It began in summer of 2015 when my best friend, Garrison Fewell, […]

All About Jazz & The Whole Note – Reviews of EHQ Prehistoric Jazz Vol. 1 and 2

The reviews keep coming, this time from the expert and detailed oriented jazz critics Mark F. Turner (All About Jazz) and Ken Waxman (The Whole Note). Click the links for full reviews. Just a reminder… CD’s can still be purchased at the links below. AMAZON – Volume 1 and 2 in package deal BAND CAMP […]

“If this is Prehistoric, it’s also timeless” – More press for EHQ

In the last month or so since our NPR feature piece (see post below) on Fresh Air, there has been a wonderful windfall of overwhelmingly positive, dare I say it, rave, reviews for the Eric Hofbauer Quintet’s releases “Prehistoric Jazz Volume 1 & 2”. Below are some highlights, including an appearance on the culture journal, Burning […]

Eric Hofbauer Quintet’s ‘Prehistoric Jazz Volume 1 & 2’ on NPR’s Fresh Air

Jazz writer Kevin Whitehead reviews ‘Prehistoric Jazz Volume 1 & 2’ on NPR’s Fresh Air. I am very honored to have had these recording, which features my recompositions of ‘The Rite of Spring’ and ‘Quartet for the End of Time’ featured on Fresh Air. The review is particularly poetic and filled with imagery which I believe […]

Eric Hofbauer Quintet’s “Prehistoric Jazz – Volume 1 and 2” Released Oct. 28th

Exciting News, CNM (Creative Nation Music) has released the Eric Hofbauer Quintet’s debut recordings “Prehistoric Jazz -Volume 1 & Volume 2”. Volume 1 features my arrangement of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and Volume 2 features my arrangement of Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time”. Both feature the quintet of myself, Jerry Sabatini on trumpet, Todd Brunel […]

Curating Jazz Playlists on Songza!

I recently became a guest curator on the very cool music site @songza check out my jazz playlists! & more soon. — Eric Hofbauer (@EricHofbauer) July 11, 2014

Eric Hofbauer Quintet at the Church of the Advent Library Concert Series, 2/7/14

On Feb. 7, 2014 the Eric Hofbauer Quintet performed as part of Matt Samolis’ Church of the Advent Library Concert Series. Matt’s single camera shot frames the band nicely in the confines of the brick lined library stage. The sound quality is good and the full house gave us some wonderful energy to work with. […]

‘American Grace’ Solo Tour Reflections

The Autumn 2013 solo tour has ended. It was a grand adventure, as expected. I got to play in NYC and play a set of Steve Lacy tunes with Josh Sinton and Tomas Fujiwara of Ideal Bread. Then I got to catch up with my old teacher and good friend Robert Ferrazza at Oberlin, as […]

Prehistoric Jazz: The Rite & 100 Years Of Revolution

On May 29th, the centennial of Stravinsky’s premiere of ‘Le Sacre Du Printemps’, I premiered an arrangement of that epic piece for improvising jazz quintet on a concert entitled, ‘Pre-historic Jazz: The Rite and 100 Years of Revolution’ The concert title was taken from a video clip of Leonard Bernstein conducting a studio orchestra from […]

I Have A Confession – John Tchicai Memorial Concert Reflections.

I have to make a confession. I wake up almost every morning and decide not to quit playing music. Let me clarify, I decide not to quit playing and teaching music, jazz specially, as a vocation. I know I can’t quit playing my guitar, in the same way I can’t just quit breathing and expect […]

CNM Announces Two New Releases – American Grace and Recontradoble

In lieu of the world ending today my little DIY, shoe-string budget, pull yourself up by the boot straps, fly by the seat of your pants, rip the shirt off your back (and any other clothing metaphors) jazz record label, Creative Nation Music is announcing the release of two new CDs, Recontradoble by the Pablo Ablanedo […]

BOLT Live @ Open Sound – 12/15/12

I have written in past blogs about BOLT (our motto is Adventurous Improvised Music) which features Jorrit Dijkstra on alto and lyricon, myself on guitar, Junko Fujiwara on cello and Eric Rosenthal on drums. For every BOLT show we improvise a completely new set pulling from multiple vocabularies (jazz, free music, minimalism, modern classical, folk, […]

The Jazz Omnivore and Individuality

The summer can be a great time for an artist of any discipline to take stock in the direction of their work by reflecting on past projects and starting new ones. Many visual artists, musicians, actors, dancers teach during some of year and usually the summer affords us the time (for we can usually afford […]

‘American Grace’ Recorded! – Trilogy Nears Completion

The recording of the music for the last CD in my American Trilogy is complete! 4 days of total solitude at my home studio, hours of preparation, contemplation, creative consternation and finally revelation! All the compositions and improvisations have been documented and recorded. What an experience. Very intense and certainly rewarding, if you have not […]

Indiegogo Campaign Lauch for ‘American Grace’ and Boston Globe Article

In cooperation with non-profit fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas, I have just launched a new crowdfunding campaign through to help fund the production of my next recording, American Grace. This project will be the culmination of a trilogy of solo guitar recordings, which already includes 2004’s American Vanity and 2010’s American Fear, released on my […]

Pablo Ablanedo Octeto – Kickstarter Campaign in Underway

Below is a message from my good friend, composer, pianist and bandleader Pablo Ablanedo. The Octet is beginning a journey into the world of crowd sourced funding to help finance the next CD recording, and I am excited to be a part of it and help Pablo raise the money to realize this project. It […]

Solo Set From House Concert @ Garrison Fewell’s Place – 2/12/12

This is  a 13 minute mini set where I play straight through connecting 4 different pieces together. I start with my own ‘Jac Mac Talkin’ from the Infrared Band recording Myth Understanding. Next I move to ‘I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry’ into Joe Oliver’s ‘West End Blues’. Both of which are […]

The Toy-chestra @ Junk Kitchen – 1/27/12

My friends Esther Viola and Ben Dicke just started a concert series called the ‘Junk Kitchen’, which runs the first Friday of every month at the Outpost in Cambridge MA, and our group, First Worst Thirst, is the house band for each show. Each month there is a different theme to the concert and this brings in a myriad of […]

Rock You Like A Hurricane: Why The 80s Matter To Jazz

One of the most lasting innovations coming out of Louis Armstrong’s revolutionary period of development and growth in the late 20s and early 30s was the use of pop songs in jazz repertoire. By jazz repertoire, I mean songs that are basically blueprints, structures or contexts for improvisation and specifically jazz soloing. This is distinctly […]

One From The Vault: Part 2

Or… this could be called One From the Dusty Old Duffle Bag, because that is where I found this week’s selection. Apparently I have a black duffle, stuffed away on a shelf in my studio after my move, which is filled with old CD and DAT masters and live recordings. Basically, the contents of this […]

Penn Ar Jazz – Atlantique Jazz Festival Reflections Pt. 1

One month later and I still think about my experiences at the Penn Ar Jazz Festival almost everyday. There are a few moments that stand out in my memory and have proved to have a deep influence on my recent attitudes towards music and the music industry. My first weekend in France (in Brittany specifically […]

Hofbauer, Karayorgis, William, Gray at Johnny D’s 11/2/11 + Upcoming shows

It has been a long while since I have posted. There has been a lot going on in the last month. The last half of October I was in France on my first ever solo tour out of the U.S. It was an amazing experience and I plan on blogging about it all in detail […]

The Art of Collaboration – Pablo Alanedo Octeto, IRB Sextet etc…

One of my favorite ways to express myself in music is through my solo guitar work. The technical and creative challenges of being a ‘one man band’ have always inspired me. But like some of my solo artist heroes who also can thrive in group settings (Fats Waller, Jaki Byard, Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Lacy) I […]