Erik Jekabson Sextet


Erik Jekabson Sextet

Mar 03, 2023

Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory

2040 Addison Street, 2040 Addison Street

Trumpeter, Electric Squeezebox Orchestra leader and CJC’s Young Musicians Program Director Erik Jekabson brings his all-star sextet to perform original compositions and arrangements combining jazz, world music and funk. 

Band Members & Instrumentation

Erik Jekabson – trumpet

Mike Zilber – saxophone

Dave MacNab – guitar

Dan Feiszli – bass

Deszon Claiborne – drums

Josh Jones – percussion

Artist Bios

Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer, arranger and educator who lives in the Bay Area. He is equally busy playing and composing for different bands, leading his own groups, (the Erik Jekabson Sextet, the String-tet and the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra) teaching a wide variety of students and running the Young Musicians Program at the CJC.

He’s spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic and the Howard Fishman Quartet. He has performed at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Madison Square Garden, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman.

As an arranger and composer, he’s arranged for both vocalists Madeleine Peyroux, Ani DiFranco, Jane Krakowski, Jackie Ryan, Kenny Washington, Madeline Eastman, Kellye Gray, Kalil Wilson, Sandy Cressman, Raz Kennedy, Rachel Efron and the spoken word artist Avotcja as well as instrumental ensembles San Francisco Symphony, the BBC Radio Orchestra, Utah Symphony, the Daggerboard Collective, Throttle Elevator Music and his own Electric Squeezebox Orchestra which holds a monthly residency at the CJC.

Erik currently leads his own ensembles in the Bay Area, and has brought them to the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the DeYoung Museum, the SFJazz Center, Kuumbwa Jazz, Cafe Stritch, the California Jazz Conservatory, San Jose Jazz Summerfest, Palo Alto Jazz Alliance, the Napa Valley Jazz Society’s Parlor Series, Jazz at Pearl’s, The Sound Room, Pacifica Performances, the Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival, the Red Poppy Art House, the Piedmont Piano Company and Old First Church Concerts. He also works with local Bay Area musicians such as the Fred Randolph Quintet, Mario Guarneri’s tbd, the Michael O’Neill Quintet featuring Tony Lindsay and Manny Moka and the Band on Fire.

Erik holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is currently the director of the Young Musician’s Program at the Jazzschool, and serves on the board of Jazz in the Neighborhood. He is on the faculty at the California Jazz Conservatory, Los Medanos College and Diablo Valley College, and has given clinics at Santa Rosa Junior College, Cal State East Bay and Loyola College in New Orleans.

He’s a regular instructor at Jazz Camp West, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop and the Brubeck Institute, and has written two books of jazz duets for trumpet. Learn more at

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