Eric Bascom, composer, guitarist and band leader of jazz, blues and popular music. Born Sept. 3, 1953 in Dexter, Maine. Grew up listening to music in and outside of the Church. Self-taught guitarist who has had the opportunity to play and perform with some of the finest talent starting back in the late 1970’s at jam sessions with Majeed Charles Greenlee, Art Matthews, Atilla Zoller, Max Roach, and many others. Stopped performing publicly once he married and had children. Started performing publiclyagain in the early 1990’s after raising two children with his wife Judy. First as a band leader with volcalist, Ethel Lee, that produced one cd, “All That Jazz” by Ethel lee and the Eric Bascom Quintet (released in 2000). Later, Eric performed almost exclusively in a trio with bassist Genevieve Rose and trumpet/flugelhornist Edward Brainderd producing one recording, “Trio” ( released in 2007).
Currently, Eric has been working with a variety of musician in various group ensembles, always as a leader, and has written the music of his latest CD, “No Enemy”, featuring Ted Levine on alto saxophone/flute, Jeff Holmes on trumpet/flugelhorn/piano, Genevieve Rose on bass violin, Ed Brainerd on trumpet/flugelhorn, David Wertman on bass violin, Mario DeCiutiis on MalletKat, Bily Arnold and Mark Holovnia on drums.
Eric currently lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife, Judy, and continues to perform throughout New England and New York.
When he was fifteen or sixteen, Eric Bascom’s life changed forever when he saw renowned jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery perform.