“I’ve been playing Alto Sax for many years and it has taken me quite some time to find the perfect horn. But when I got my Virtuoso from RS Berkeley I knew I found the sound I heard in my head but could never fully get from all my previous horns.
The craftsmanship of the horn is high quality. I never have a problem with intonation and tuning. I really dig the tone and consistency of these horns. I’ve travelled the world with my horn and it had stood the test of time and weather! I have the Matte finish and it’s the perfect aesthetic of vintage and modern, the style that I’ve always wanted to have in a Sax. My only concern is that I’ll probably have to keep spending money on getting more horns from them lol.”
Born in 1984, Eric was exposed to music at an early age. Blessed with a musical family, his Mother a singer and pianist, his father a trumpet player, and his older brother on the trombone, it was only right that he followed suit. Being exposed to artist such as Stevie Wonder, Take 6, Earth Wind and Fire, and Grover Washington Jr. Eric decided to pick up the Flute and Saxophone. His first professional gig was at the age of 12 where he played and was featured on an episode of “Sesame Street.” After seeing where his talents could take him a “love” was birthed.
Eric attended Teaneck High School where he excelled in the music program. By his senior year he was offered substantial scholarships to prestigious Universities across the U.S. Upon graduating High School in 2002 he went to New Jersey City University for Classical Flute. After two years he transferred to William Paterson University where he switched to Jazz Studies in Alto Sax. He stayed there for a year until an opportunity knocked.
While still at William Paterson, Eric caught the attention of Mary J. Blige’s Musical Director Loren Dawson. Building a friendship with Loren also gained his trust and respect to invite Eric, his brother Danny, and long-time friend Adam Burton to tour with Mary. Hence, they formed a Horn Section called DEA Horns, an acronym for their names (Danny, Eric, Adam). From there they toured and have played with Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Jaheim, Ray Chew, Juelz Santana, Method Man, Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Jeremih, Chrisette Michelle, Shaggy, Sean Kingston, Slim from 112, Chico De Barge, Estelle, Melissa Ford, Fantasia, Regina Belle, Terrnece J, Ben E. King, Camron, Jim Jones, BeBe Winanas, Cece Winans, Ne-‐Yo, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Joan Jett, Kid Kudi, Kid Kapri , Trey Songz, Ron Isley, Demi Lovato, and many more.
Aside from touring and performing for artist, Eric also produces. In 2012 he produced a song for Madonna off her MDNA Album. Since then Eric has produced for the R&B superstar group Bell Biv Devoe, Hip Hop artist Rick Ross, and most recently a song called “On Top Of The World” from the motion picture “All Eyez On Me”, the biopic on the life of rapper Tupac Shakur.
VIRT1001M | Virtuoso Alto Saxophone, Antique Matte