Bassist Eric Hitt brings a naturally vivacious and emphatic sound to the music he plays. Equally adept at the upright and electric bass, his unique voice has garnered him opportunities to work with jazz artists such as Deborah Brown, Lisa Henry, and Ryan Kisor. His seriously swinging bass lines coupled with his lyrical arco playing lend him to be a sought-after collaborator. He and legendary drummer Jeff Hamilton were described as "terrific together" on Christine Hitt’s (his musical mother) 2018 release, Magical Kite. However, his musical scope stretches across many genres as he's appeared on stage with soul band The Burroughs and folk group Them Coulee Boys.
Hitt is currently at home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas, where he can be found performing with icons of the music scene including Brad Leali, Quincy Davis, Davy Mooney, Andrew Griffith, Jim Riggs, Neil Slater, and more. His musical sensibilities have allowed him the opportunity to play and record across the United States at places like Capitol Records, the Blue Room, the Green Lady, the Black Dolphin, and Nocturne.
Hitt is the graduate teaching fellow for jazz bass at the world-renown University of North Texas (UNT), where he also directs the Four O'Clock Lab Band. Previously he has directed the Eight O'Clock Lab Band and served as a coach in the weekly small group class. Hitt has conducted rhythm section clinics and masterclasses at high schools and colleges in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Ohio and he maintains a private teaching studio of bass students.
Hitt's education is a unique combination of real-world experience and academic learning. He played his first gig with his mother, Christine, at age 12 when he vividly remembers her asking him to "walk a blues" and having to figure it out as they played. He's also gained invaluable experience from study with his mentors Hans Sturm and Lynn Seaton. Hitt earned his B.M. in double bass performance from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (2017) and M.M. in jazz performance from the University of North Texas (2019).
Some highlights from his time at the University of Nebraska include performing internationally in China through the University of Nebraska's partnership with Xi'an Jiaotong University and performing concerts with Harry Allen, Victor Lewis and Jerry Bergonzi. At the University of North Texas in 2018-2019 he had the privilege of being the bassist and rhythm section leader for the seven-time GRAMMY-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band and performed concerts with with Melissa Aldana, Kirk Whalum, and Kenny Werner. Hitt will begin his studies for a doctor of musical arts degree at UNT in the fall of 2019.