ABOUT

Eric Hitt brings musicality, versatility, and a unifying groove to any musical situation, marking him as an in-demand bassist. Eric was born in Belleville, Illinois and grew up in a musical family where many of his earliest lessons were learned on the bandstand with his mother, MAXJAZZ artist Christine Hitt. He began playing the electric bass (and his first gigs) at age 12 and began seriously studying the upright bass at age 17 with Robert Anderson of the Minnesota Orchestra.


In 2017, Eric earned his BM in Double Bass Performance from the University of Nebraska­–Lincoln (UNL) under the tutelage of Dr. Hans Sturm. While at UNL, Hitt toured China and performed with Victor Lewis, Harry Allen, and Jerry Bergonzi. He was First Prize Winner in the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra Young Artist Competition in 2015 and performed professionally with Justin and Ryan Kisor as well as Darryl White, Deborah Brown, and Lisa Henry.


Hitt continued his education at the University of North Texas (UNT), and in 2019 graduated with his MM in Jazz Performance. While at UNT, he studied with Prof. Lynn Seaton and was a member of the famed One O'Clock Lab Band which performed with guest artists Kenny Werner, Kirk Whalum, and Melissa Aldana. Hitt was voted Outstanding Master’s Student by the jazz studies faculty in 2018 and was selected to participate in the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Academy (under Artistic Director Christian McBride) in 2020. He was selected for an Outstanding Performance Award for Graduate College Jazz Soloist in the 44th annual DownBeat Student Music Awards in 2021 and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at UNT, ABD-status.


Eric performed often in the Dallas-Fort Worth music scene with jazz luminaries such as Brad Leali, Ed Soph, Quamon Fowler, Shelley Carrol, Rob Parton, Dave Meder, Fredrick Sanders, Dan Haerle, Pat Coil, Michael Weiss, Davy Mooney, Fred Hamilton, Tatiana Mayfield, Rosana Eckert, Quincy Davis, Nick Finzer, and Scott Tixier. His ability to weave through different musical styles led to performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (electric bass for “Queens of Soul” featuring Shayna Steele and live-to-picture screenings of Toy Story) and prominent gospel pianist Quennel Gaskin. In 2019, Hitt became a Featured Artist for KRUTZ stringed instruments, and in 2021 was awarded an Honorable Mention after earning a slot in the International Society of Bassists Competition­–Jazz Division.


As a recording artist Eric has contributed to releases on labels including MAMA Records and Outside in Music with artists and groups such as John Wasson’s Strata Big Band, Nick Finzer, The One O’Clock Lab Band, Masa Ishikawa, and Christine Hitt. Christine Hitt’s album Magical Kite was recorded at Capitol Studios with Jeff Hamilton, John Beasley, and Bob Sheppard with arrangements and production by Geoffrey Keezer. Eric has also recorded a PBS-TV Christmas Special with Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church and recorded bass lines on the play-along One Hour Ride Cymbal Workout for UNT Jazz Drum Professor Quincy Davis.


An inspiring educator, Eric joined the jazz faculty at the University of Missouri–Kansas City Conservatory in 2022 by invitation from legendary drummer Carl Allen. Prior to this appointment, Eric taught on faculty at Tarleton State University and Collin College. As a Graduate Teaching Fellow at UNT, Eric directed the Four O’Clock Lab Band.


Eric currently resides in Kansas City with his wife Taylor, and their two dogs Bagel and Barkley.

 

ENDORSEMENTS

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KRUTZ

Eric performs on his 7/8 double bass completed in 2021 by Anton Krutz.

 

ARTISTS

PARTIAL LISTING OF MUSICIANS ERIC HITT HAS PERFORMED AND/OR RECORDED WITH (NO ORDER):

SAXOPHONISTS

Jerry Bergonzi, Brad Leali, Bob Sheppard, Lucas Pino, Jim Riggs, Quamon Fowler, Shelley Carrol, Adam Larson, Tia Fuller

TRUMPETERS

Ryan Kisor, Philip Dizack, Ashlin Parker, Rob Parton, Terell Stafford

PIANISTS, KEYBOARDISTS, & ORGANISTS

Dave Meder, Fredrick Sanders, Quennel Gaskin, Dan Haerle, Christine Hitt, Neil Slater, John Beasley, Pat Coil, Red Young, Bobby Sparks, Shaun Martin, Michael Weiss

GUITARISTS

Davy Mooney, Leo Amuedo, Jack Roben, Fred Hamilton

VOCALISTS

Deborah Brown, Lisa Henry, Shayna Steele, Tatiana Mayfield, Christine Hitt, Rosana Eckert, Jennifer Barnes

DRUMMERS & PERCUSSIONISTS

Jeff Hamilton, Quincy Davis, Ed Soph, Jason "JT" Thomas, Walter Rodriguez, Gene Coye, Rich DeRosa, Sean Carey, Brian Harmon, Matt Young, John Sturino, Colleen Clark, Steve Barnes, Stockton Helbing, Brian Claxton, Geoff Clapp, Connor Kent

TROMBONISTS

Andre Hayward, Nick Finzer, Marcus Lewis

VIOLINISTS

Scott Tixier

LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLES

One O’Clock Lab Band, John Wasson's Strata Big Band, John Sturino's Blow Globe

SYMPHONIES & ORCHESTRAS

Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Rhythm Section)

 

VENUES

PARTIAL LISTING OF VENUES IN WHICH ERIC HITT HAS PERFORMED AND/OR RECORDED (NO ORDER):

UNITED STATES

Capitol Records, the Blue Room, the Green Lady, the Black Dolphin, Nocturne, the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Murchison Performing Arts Center, Bass Performance Hall, Jazz Education Network Annual Conference, Scat Jazz Lounge, Echo Lab Studios, Crystal Clear Sound, Sundance Square, Jazz, TX, McDavid Studio, Love's Jazz & Art Center, The Jewell, Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, Monk's Jazz Club

INTERNATIONAL

Xi'an Jiaotong University