For more than a decade, trumpeter Eric Siereveld has built a reputation as a multifaceted performer, composer and educator. Deeply influenced by the hard bop/post bop tradition, his compositions and improvisations are historically rooted yet forward thinking. His current project, The Organic Quintet, is a fresh take on the classic organ jazz quintets of the 1960’s. This group features NYC guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg, Indianapolis organist Steve Snyder, Madison based tenor saxophonist Tony Barba and Milwaukee drummer Mitch Shiner. Their upcoming debut recording features all original compositions from the pen of Siereveld and Kreisberg. A veteran of the New York City music scene, in 2014 Eric relocated to Madison, WI to take the position of Instructor of Jazz Trumpet and Director of the Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble at the University of Wisconsin’s Mead-Witter School of Music.
Born in Cincinnati, OH, Eric began playing the trumpet at the age of 10. When he was 16 he heard Clifford Brown’s recording of “Cherokee” and was hooked. He completed his Bachelor’s of Music Education at Morehead State University. While at Morehead, he studied trumpet with one of the country’s premiere trumpet performers and teachers, Greg Wing. Upon completion of his degree from MSU, he continued his studies at Indiana University’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music. At IU, Eric received a Masters degree in Jazz Studies and studied trumpet with Joey Tartell and sought additional instruction from trumpet guru William Adam. He studied improvisation with the legendary David Baker, and composition and arranging with Brent Wallarab. Following his time in Bloomington, Eric joined the national Broadway tour of Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein.”
After nine months on the road with “Young Frankenstein,” Eric relocated to NYC permanently. During his time in New York, he was an in demand performer and freelance musician. He led his own trio, quartet, and hard bop dedicated sextet, The Usual suspects all over the greater New York City area. Broadway tour credits include; Young Frankenstein, two tours with Elf: The Musical, Addams Family (International), and Nice Work if You Can Get It. Eric served as the Principal Trumpeter of Bronx Opera for two seasons and as Assistant Principal then Principal Trumpet for the Bronx Orchestra from 2012-2014. Eric performed for the 2015/16 Broadway production of Elf: The Musical at Madison Square Garden. Most recently, he performed with the Denver based band “The Radio” at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in Philadelphia and Cleveland.
After relocating to Madison, Eric quickly became an in demand performer and clinician. Performing regularly with The Big Payback, Darren Sterud Jazz Orchestra, Paul Dietrich’s Jazz Ensemble, Madison Latin Jazz Orchestra, Brass Knuckles Brass Quintet, Mad City Brass, Isthmus Brass as well as his own groups and freelance appearances. In addition to his position at UW-Madison, Eric received a Doctorate in Trumpet Performance, and studied trumpet with John Aley. His research focused on the role of the trumpeter in the organ jazz genre. His dissertation is titled, “Eric Siereveld’s Organic Quintet: Thesis and Recording for the Jazz Trumpeter, Citing Recordings Featuring Blue Mitchell, Woody Shaw, Ryan Kisor and Jim Rotondi.” Eric maintains an active performing and teaching schedule in Madison, but regularly returns to NYC for various projects and Broadway engagements. He is a clinician, adjudicator, and freelance musician throughout the Midwest and maintains a private trumpet/jazz studio in Madison.