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Eric began playing the bongos at age seven while on a family vacation in Barbados.  He returned to the United States and began studying drumset with his godfather Stan Andries and with famed drummer Walter Perkins Jr. in Queens, N.Y.  Eric continued his studies at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music then later moved on to New York's Drummer's Collective.  There he gained insight from notables such as Horace Arnold, Kim Plainfield, Robbie Gonzalez, Kenwood Dennard, Rick Considine,   and percussion legend, Frank Malabe.  Before embarking on his drumming career, Eric worked as a drum dept manager for Sam Ash Music. There his passion for drumming came to the forefront.  He developed a reputation for in-depth product knowledge that inspired drummers and colleagues.  In addition to his in-store activities, Eric conducted seminars on electronic & midi drumming & programming at Paul Ash’s performance theatre in NYC.  At the end of each seminar he’d impress his audience with his drum machine programming of Steve Gadd’s legendary “Aja” drum solo.  Today Eric can be heard in varied musical projects.  Whether onstage, in the studio, on acoustic or digital instuments,  Eric's passion and commitment continue to earn the delight of his peers, artists, manufacturers, and most of all - his audiences. 

   

 

Stephen Marley Steven Tyler & Joe Perry Cher Will Downing The Cafe Wha(NYC) The Village Underground(NYC) John Mayer George Benson Urban Blight Olu Kelly Levesque Andi Oliver Marlon Saunders Mathew Morrison(Glee)...

 

THE CAFE WHA

Greenwich Vill. NYC

The Cafe Wha's iconic history has launched the careers of Jimi Hendix, Bob Dillon, Bill Cosby & Richard Pryor.
In Jan 2012 The Cafe Wha stage hosted the reunion of mega-band Van Halen to announce their up coming world tour.
"This is a temple", David Lee Roth said. "This is a very special place. And I am more nervous about this gig than I would ever be at The Garden"  The New York Times

 

As the 'house drummer' for this landmark venue, Eric serves as the backbone for a wide variety of performers.

Noam Dworman /  Proprietor: The Cafe Wha (NYC) 1988 - 2005,  The Village Underground (NYC),  The Comedy Cellar (NYC) / Renaissance Guitars.

 

 

Musical Director: 

Eric applies his experience and focus to bring the best out of a band.

 

 

 

Clinician:

Eric shares his insights with up & coming drummers.

 

 

left to right: Eric, Gene Lake, Tony Lewis, Omar Hakim

New York Drummer's Rountable  

 

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