Photo credits: Salvatore Corso
Eric Wyatt is one of the very few Jazz Musicians that was born and raised in New York City, in the borough of Brooklyn. His father was a musician who played with some of the greatest Jazz musicians. Eric can remember meeting at a very young age some of the Legends of this music.
His father, Charles Wyatt played tenor saxophone and sometimes he would often drive the band members that played with Sonny Rollins to perform. Eric would go along for some of these rides at the age of ten- years-old. One of those rides led to him discover he wanted to be a musician. Through research that gig he went to was at Storrs in CT. The musicians were Larry Ridley Albert Dailey drummer David Lee, Wilber Ware also Gilley Goggins, Gary Bartz, Scoby Stroman, Paul Jeffries and Roland Alexander were also good friends who would come by the house. It was through this experience that Eric gained the knowledge about this great art form. Meeting the great Miles Davis another close friend of his father at the Bottom Line performing in the early 70’s.
Eric was briefly sidetracked playing basketball. The neighborhood was a place where many sports legends grew up his interest in sports was hard to fight, but his music interest was greater.
While attending high school, his music teacher Charles Bergstein called him Charlie (Parker) Wyatt because when he would warm up in class he would play Charlie Parker tunes.
Mr. Bergstein helped get him into Kingsborough Community College, he was a part of the 802 music program. He transferred to Lehman College where he studied with Stanley Cowell. It was during this time Eric met Arthur Rhames a master musician that taught him the rudiments of saxophone that developed his phrasing and voice on his instrument.
Arthur and Eric recorded music practiced together and made a recording that recording never was released. Arthur life was cut short at the age of 32. It was also the same year Eric’s father passed, but they as well as Sonny Rollins inspired Eric to pursue his dream and Eric continued on.
He has also played at many historic clubs in the U.S.A, Yoshi’s , The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, Birdland The Jazz Bistro, Sweet Rhythm, The Jazz Kitchen, The Blue Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy’s CoCa Cola, Internationally as well Beirut, Lebanon, Shanghai, China as well as nightclubs in Japan.