Eric Rupert

Eric Rupert is privileged to have worked with rock, pop, jazz, country and Broadway/West End talents for almost 30 years. Originally from Springfield, Ohio, Eric began as a tuba player but was urged to take up the double bass by Conductor John Smarelli. Since then his career has been as varied as his travels after starting out with mentors Ray Brown on jazz double bass and Jeff Andrews on electric bass. His motivation was soon rewarded when he started to play professionally at the age of 19 with Dr. John and quickly moved to touring with Dizzy Gillespie and onto Broadway shows with Joel Grey, Michael Crawford and Byron Nease. The early nineties found him in Detroit playing behind Earl Klugh and honing his electric bass chops with Bob James, while also being a member of Earl Van Dyke’s band (Funk Brothers keyboardist fame). While living in Nashville at the end of the decade, Eric jumped at the chance to record and tour with Dolly Parton. After moving to the UK in the late naughties, Eric has enjoyed playing bass in studios around London and for live gigs throughout Europe, while producing new artists for several labels. In 2010 he was asked to perform as part of the Juilliard Jazz cruise aboard Queen Mary II. Eric has performed as a sideman with Roger Daltry, Slash, Hiram Bullock, Chris Difford, Willie Nelson, The Rembrandts, Phil Woods, Rodney Jones, and Bernard “Pretty” Purdy to name a few. He has just finished recording with Cy Curnin (The Fixx) and is looking forward to more touring overseas and session work over the coming year.   www.ericrupertbass.com

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