A native of Houston, Texas, composer and drummer Eric Harland currently resides on the East Coast. He began his professional career in 1993 playing locally as he finished high school, and as a youth won first chair in 1992-1993 with his regional All State Jazz Band. Eric was attending a workshop in high school when Wynton Marsal took note of his obvious talent and encouraged him to pursue his music studies in New York City. Eric did just this, gaining a full scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music.
Eric Harland's career to date has been nothing short of extraordinary and we can only expect a whole lot more! He's recorded with the top names in jazz, including the albums Let's Get Lost, Wandering Moon (Terence Blanchard,) and Black Action Figure (Stefon Harris) that have been nominated for Grammy Awards. Other collaborations on record include McCoy Tyner, Kenny Garrett, Ravi Coltrane and Greg Osby.
Harland also has an impressive resume of movie scores in support of Terence Blanchard, including Bo Jangles, Caveman's Valentine, and Original Sin.
Performing live is one of Eric's greatest joys and he has had numerous opportunities to play with the greats in the jazz industry, including artists such as the late Betty Carter, Joe Henderson, Charles Lloyd, Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Aaron Goldberg, Jason Moran, Kurt Rosenwinkle and John Patituci.
In 2000, Eric made the short list of world's most recognized drummers in Downbeat's 65th Annual Reader's Poll.
Lately, Eric is busy playing in a new trio with Zakir Hussein and Charles Lloyd, and is part of the prestigious San Francisco Jazz Collective Group. This all-star group includes Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutchinson, Nicholas Payton, Robert Hurst, among others, and convenes annually to do clinics, shows and record an album of selected tunes by band members. Eric continues to tour with McCoy Tyner, Charles Lloyd, Jacky Terrasson, and Joshua Redman's acoustic trio. Always looking to diversify, Eric is involved in a new group with Ali from A Tribe Called Quest ... a sort of Hip Hop meets Jazz project. And most recently with the Kurt Rosenwinkle Group.
Eric Harland plays mostly K Zildjian and K Custom range cymbals. His hihats are very unique as he plays 16" pairing of a K Constantinople cymbal as a top and a A Zildjian Rock Crash as a bottom.