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Eric Darius – Breakin’ Thru

Saxophonist Eric Darius is a man of action. Hardly any other musician in the smooth jazz genre has played his way into the front row as fast as he has. His activity is also reflected in his numerous releases.

Cruisin (2000), Night On The Town (2004), Just Getting Started (2006), Going All Out (2008), On A Mission (2010), and Retro Forward (2014) are his milestones. Like many other artists, he took over the reins after his record contracts expired and founded his own label SagiDarius Music.

He is well aware of the considerable additional work and responsibility. Nevertheless, he perceives his step as a liberating blow. Appropriately his new album is called Breakin’ Thru (2018).

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Eric Darius – Breakin’ Thru

Eric Darius‘ performance onstage is so energetic and constantly in movement, that it’s hard to take a sharp picture of him. Always a high-class entertainer he is a real asset to every concert, festival or party. Even after a career of more than one decade nothing changed. He came into game with Cruisin in 2000. Better known are his follow-ups Night On The Town (2004), Just Getting Started (2006), Going All Out (2008), On A Mission (2010) and Retro Forward (2014). Now he returns with Breakin’ Thru (2018).

Eric comments: I’m so excited to let you all know that my new album, “Breakin’ Thru” will officially be released on August 24th!! As my first full album release on my own independent record label, SagiDarius Music, this project is extra special for me as it’s truly a complete reflection of who I am both as an artist and person. I can honestly say that this is my best work yet and I can’t wait to share it with all of you! Please be sure to pre-order the album by clicking on one of the links below and spread the word to your family and friends!! Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!”

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Eric Darius – Retro Forward

Eric Darius’ performance onstage is so energetic and constantly in movement, that it’s hard to take a sharp picture of him. Always a high-class entertainer he is a real asset to every concert, festival or party. Even after a career of more than one decade nothing changed.

He came into game with Cruisin in 2000. Better known are his follow-ups Night On The Town (2004), Just Getting Started (2006), Going All Out (2008) and On A Mission (2010). Retro Forward, his second album for the label Shanachie Entertainment is scheduled for release on November 11, 2014.

Eric is supported by Superstar producers Tony Dixon (Babyface, Beyonce) and Bluetooth (Chris Brown, Jordin Sparks). More information about the participating musicians is currently not available. My suggestion: Buy the album and read the booklet.

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Eric Darius – Retro Forward

RetroForwardEric Darius is one of the true rising stars of Smooth/Urban Jazz. Adored by his growing legion of fans, Eric tours constantly with such superstars as Maxwell, Joe, Mary J. Blige, Prince, and many others. Additionally Eric is a mainstay of Smooth Jazz radio, having already had 8 Top 10 hits in his young career.

Eric’s first single from Retro Forward, a remake of Pharrell’s Happy is already climbing up the Smooth Jazz radio charts, and promises to be Top 5 at the time of the album’s release. Superstar producers Tony Dixon(Babyface, Beyonce) and Bluetooth (Chris Brown, Jordin Sparks) ensure that Retro Forward is brimming with today’s hit sounds while still retaining a firm footing in the world of Jazz. Highlights include Eric’s hit single Happy, the heartfelt ballad Never, the funky title track Retro Forward, and much more.

This title will be released on November 11, 2014. Pre-order the CD now at

Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg 2012

Promoter and event manager Christian Bößner has fulfilled his lifelong dream. If he wants to hear and see a great musician, he invites him to his Smooth Jazz Festival. His festivals in Bregenz, Munich, Austria, Mallorca and Augsburg are legend.

Musicians like Peter White, Rick Braun, Brian Simpson, Nick Colionne, Dave Koz, Jessy J, Paul Brown, Rocco Ventrella, Jonathan Fritzén, Gerald Albright, Martin Ehlers Trio, David Benoit, Walter “Chepe” Blanco, John Odio, Paul “Shilts” Weimar, Chuck Loeb, Joyce Cooling, Steve Oliver, Michael Lington, Club des Belugas, Marcus Johnson, Richard Elliot, Gabin, Chieli Minucci, Alex Bugnon, Marion Meadows, De Phazz, Praful, Pat Appleton, Jaared, Candy Dulfer, Eric Darius, Jeff Lorber, Marc Antoine, Warren Hill, UNÉ and Adani & Wolf followed his invitation.

His events are varied. He surprises the audience constantly with new programs. As he always opens up new places and venues, it is also not boring for the audience concerning this aspect. But apparently is his hometown Augsburg the constant in his career as promoter. Thus, the Smooth Jazz Festival in Augsburg is meanwhile tradition and institution. Evidently provides the Kurhaus Göggingen all the elements for a successful festival.

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A Conversation With Eric Darius

hbh: I speak with the young lion Eric Darius. Hello Eric!

ED: Hello!

hbh: Where are you coming from?

ED: I’m coming from California. I just flew in a several days ago from the New York Jazz festival. It’s amazing time here.

hbh: But you are living in California? In the Los Angeles area?

ED: Yes! I just recently moved from Florida and now live in Los Angeles. But my family is from Jamaica and Haiti. I am coming from a musical background. My father plays the bass, my mum sings and plays piano. My older brother plays the drums and the trumpet, my sister also sings and plays piano. So music is in my whole family.

hbh: Did you immigrate with your family to America or did you come alone?

ED: I was actually born in America. My parents met in New Jersey and I was born there.


Smooth Jazz Festival Mallorca 2012

In search of the beautiful moments of life there are always opportunities to hold it for a short time. One of those moments was the Smooth Jazz Festival, which first took place in Sa Coma, on the beautiful east coast of the Spanish island Mallorca. The exclusive ambience of the Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, a 5-star hotel was the awesome venue of this remarkable event.

Despite the not to be underestimated costs by air travel, hotel stay and tickets a surprisingly large number of smooth jazz fans participated in this highlight at this breathtaking place. All brought with them a good mood because they had the occasion to see many friends from last year. With world-class artists such as Uné, David Benoit, Jeff Lorber, Marc Antoine and Warren Hill did nothing to be desired.

Whom alone the appearance of the artist was not enough, could deepen the contact in intensive talks to his idol. Even the great weather, excellent food and fine drinks rounded out the well-being. The program of Friday night opened the agile saxophonist Eric Darius with Settin’ In Off from his album On A Mission (2010). For photographers, it was a difficult task to keep him in the picture, because not only during this piece, but throughout the entire performance, he found himself in motion.


Eric Darius – On A Mission

Although Eric Darius counts artists like John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, and Charlie Parker to his idols, he is mainly influenced by Grover Washington, Jr. and Kirk Whalum. Summarized said, he is “Mr. Smooth Breeze”.

Eric’s debut album Cruisin was released in 2000. Better known are his follow-ups Night On The Town (2004), Just Getting Started (2006), Going All Out (2008) and On A Mission (2010).

Well respected by fellow sax musicians like Dave Koz, Marion Meadows or Euge Groove the still young Eric Darius has found his place in the smooth jazz genre.

On his new album Eric assembled a crew of top-notch musicians such as Rick Braun (trumpet), James Lloyd (keyboards), Alex Al (bass), Nate Najar and Mike Ripoll (guitars), just to name a few.

Settin’ It Off is Eric’s invitation to his glittering party. His multi-layered sax engagement kicks you right on the dance floor.

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Eric Darius – On A Mission

Saxophonist and composer Eric Darius is on a mission. “I want my music to be a vehicle for change and to transcend boundaries from age to race. I believe my music can make a difference in the world,” states the commanding and strikingly handsome 20-something musician, composer, and performer, known for his dynamic and exhilarating live shows. Darius’ explosive arrival on the contemporary jazz scene at age 17 caused a frenzy.

This was not a surprise as the ambitious saxophonist, who has shared the stage with everyone from Prince and Wynton Marsalis, to George Benson and Brian McKnight, had just released an auspicious recording debut and several years prior had already made an appearance at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Garnering accolades from critics, musicians and fans alike, there seemed to be a consensus that this young man was bringing a sense of history but yet a youthful and forward-thinking approach to the genre.

Eric Darius, who has scored a #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts and several top ten hits, has steadily proven to be anything but your typical ‘smooth jazz guy.’ The savvy business school grad, whose ipod features a mix of everyone from John Coltrane and Bob Marley to Jay-Z, The Rolling Stones and Alicia Keys, confesses, “Contemporary jazz is the genre that has embraced my music, but I see myself as a musician first. I play every style of music from Jazz, R&B, Pop and Reggae to Hip-hop, Rock and Gospel. As I continue to evolve and grow musically, it’s the journey to explore new things that keeps me excited and hungry to do what I do.”

On June 29, 2010, Eric Darius will release his Shanachie Entertainment debut, On A Mission. Danny Weiss, VP of Jazz A&R for Shanachie states, “If you think of jazz as a wonderful tree whose trunk is its great tradition and whose branches are the never ending innovations of its young disciples, then Eric Darius is the newest branch of that tree. He can swing like the masters and funk like a hip-hopper; truly the blossoming of tomorrow’s jazz.” The seeds have been sown and Eric Darius unearths his talents not only as a saxophonist, but equally important, as a composer and co-producer on On A Mission. His fifth album as a leader features all originals with the exception of Herbie Hancock’s classic Headhunters tune “Butterfly” and a new original from Pieces of a Dream’s James Lloyd.

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