Join Eric Darius and other Smooth Jazz artists such as Boney James, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Brian Culbertson, Joe Sample, Jonathan Butler, and many others on The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2012!! Sailing though beautifu... Read More +
Shanachie recording artist, Eric Darius, was recently featured as a special guest on The Derrick Ashong Experience on The Oprah Radio Network! Listen to the interview here:
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Eric kicked off his "On A Mission" national campaign to promote musical education in schools on March 17 and returns to Talking Smooth Jazz radio to talk about it on Wednesday, May 25, 2011. Hear the audio!
It is fourth period at Progress Village Middle Magnet in Tampa. The gymnasium quickly fills with the sounds of more than half of the school's 780 students and faculty members filing in.
They are there to see a performance by Tampa-based musician Eric Darius, but most have no idea what to expect.
The gathering erupts into cheers as soon as the music starts. The 28-year-old saxophonist emerges from behind the stage's heavy red curtain and instantaneously enthralls the crowd with his seat-gro... Read More +
Charley spends the morning with local jazz musician Eric Darius at Orange Grove Middle School in Tampa. That's where Eric is kicking off his "On A Mission" campaign to promote musical education in schools.
Eric will be going into schools across the country to share his personal story. He wants to inspire students to express themselves through music, challenge stereotypes, and follow their dreams.
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PROGRESS VILLAGE — The tween and teens start hollering even before Eric Darius takes the stage.
They scream when they learn that the jazz saxophonist is from Tampa.
They shout again because he graduated from Blake High and once more because he has played with artists like Prince.
But when the bassline of Usher's O.M.G. rumbles the wooden gymnasium bleachers, the middle schoolers turn to look at each other. They are in shock, but they still manage to s... Read More +
TAMPA - Jazz musician Eric Darius' national campaign to promote music education in schools recently kicked off on familiar turf.
On March 17, Darius – who grew up in Tampa – visited the Progress Village Middle Magnet School of the Arts.
Before performing for the school's 250 students, Darius spoke with the members of the school's jazz ensemble about the beginning of his career.
"Balancing everything was a challenge but it's all about priorities and time management," said Darius, ... Read More +
The 44th annual Hampton Jazz Festival promises to deliver a mix of classic and contemporary funk and soul. Like in previous years, the “jazz” will come in lite portions.
The festival, which is June 24-26, will kick off its first night with Grammy-winning legend Chaka Khan, neo-soul star Anthony Hamilton, ‘90s supergroup Boyz II Men and smooth jazz sax man Boney James.
The next night features former Gap Band frontman Charlie Wilson, R&B sensations Kem and Chrisette Michele, a... Read More +
This is the kind of story you do not see in the press. True stories in which we see the lives of underprivileged kids and young adults coming from a rough, dead-end neighborhood leading to the dangerous streets of Los Angeles, pursuing a gang-oriented life of crime, drugs and violence, mainly due to no choice, - miraculously turn around as if the finger of God played a role! Who would have the iron will and determination to break out of such backgrounds where they either fall victims to, o... Read More +
A smooth jazz saxophonist, Eric Darius was a Young Lion of sorts who began performing at a young age. A New Jersey native who grew up in Tampa, FL, Darius received his first saxophone at age ten and a year later was touring with the youth-based Sonny LaRosa & America's Youngest Jazz Band, which culminated in a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. He was an active member of his high-school jazz ensemble and released his own album Cruisin' at age 17. In 2004, Darius... Read More +
The mission for rising jazz saxophonist and composer Eric Darius hasn’t always been clear. While he’s always been in command of his talent for merging every genre under the sun, he’s had to face heartbreak to realize his life’s purpose and channel that th... Read More +
Beth Gaddis, Director of Public Relations
For Immediate Release
Feb. 24, 2011
Tampa Jazz Artist Eric Darius Brings His Music And His Mission To
The Java Jazz Festival in Indonesia, March 3 – 5, 2011
TAMPA, FL – International jazz artist Eric Darius, who has scored a #1 hit on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts and several top 10 hits, can’t wait to return to one of the biggest jazz festivals in the world!
"I'm... Read More +