Eric D. Wortham II

Eric D. Wortham II

BandJazzGospel

Eric D. Wortham II is an amazing, talented young pianist. With his debut album released just recently at the age of 20, Eric is fast becoming the talk of the jazz and gospel world. His performances are electrifying and leave audiences in awe of his hand speed and technique.

Biography

Gifted with hands that bring keys to life, Eric D. Wortham II has been captivating audiences for years. From a young age, Eric’s heart desire was to play the piano. With this in mind, his father prayed that God would anoint his hands for service. At the tender age of nine, Eric began learning to play the piano. He would later study the classical mastery of composers such as, Bach, Haydn and Scarlatti.

At the High School for Creative & Performing Arts (CAPA), Eric learned to play jazz under the teachings of musical director, Dr. Kevin Rodgers. During his training with Dr. Rodgers, Eric was introduced to the sounds and musical style of Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Dr. Rodgers’ influence on Eric allowed him to discover the path in which he wanted to go. However, Eric had to learn to balance playing the new music styles that he loved and the church music that he was accustomed to from his youth. This caused Eric to develop a style all his own that has resulted in the release of his debut album, appropriately entitled, “When I Became Myself”.

Eric is an extremely gifted pianist/composer and was the recipient of the year 2000 Piano Prodigy Award. At only 21 years old, Eric teaches piano, and has played at The Clef Club, Kimmel Center, Academy of Music, Zanzibar’s, and Warmdaddy’s among others, all in Philadelphia, and has created a buzz in numerous cities including New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Baltimore, Trenton, Miami and in Bermuda! Eric is described as “electrifying” in his live performance

A premier artist on LGR Records, Eric’s musical capabilities has allowed him to accompany many of the other artists on the record label roster, as well as to accompany and collaborate with numerous artist such as Vivian Green, Jeff Bradshaw, Warren Cooper, Tony Granberry, Jill Scott, and Music SoulChild.

Whether performing alone or collaborating with other artists, Eric possesses the poise and pizzazz to leave audiences speechless!

Discography

When I Became Myself
Eric D. Wortham II "Live"

Set List

Eric D. Wortham II is available for personal appearances in a variety of configurations:

Eric D. Wortham II Trio
Consists of three (3) musicians who are all featured throughout the show. Arrangements include a two (2) man crew for a total of five (5) persons.

Eric D. Wortham II Quartet
This configuration adds a sax to the mix for a total of four (4) musicians. Travel Arrangements: 6 persons

Eric D. Wortham II Quintet
Adding Trumpet for a total of five (5) musicians. Travel Arrangements: 7 persons.

Eric is also available for solo performances (A grand piano is required).