Erik Applegate
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Erik Applegate

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"top-notch acoustic bass performer" - Lee Prosser

"Scene Magazine"

“like blue jeans, Applegate’s jazz goes well with just about anything” - Nathan Harper

"Bass World Magazine"

FOUR STARS - Worldwide Bass Review

"Out Front Colorado"

FOUR STARS, "stellar" - editor

"Westword Magazine"

“Applegate has strong enough chops to have performed with jazz heavies like Milt Jackson, Harold Mabern and Tom Harrell, but on Red Skies, his debut as a leader, Applegate shows he's a skilled and well-versed composer, as well.” - Jon Solomon


"the original compositions of bassist Erik Applegate are invigorating." - Michael LaParle, Jazz


Red Skies, #2 Roots Music Report chart

Dana Landry "Journey Home" (Summit Records), Top 20 Jazz Week CD, Grammy nomination

Don Aliquo "Another Reply" (Consolidated Artists), Top 20 Jazz Week CD

Ken & Harry Watters "Brothers 3" (Summit), Top 20 Jazz Week CD

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Called a “a top-notch acoustic bass performer” by, bassist, songwriter, and bandleader Erik Applegate is known for creating melodic and picturesque music that creates a strong sense of time and place while still being grooving and soulful. His playing has captivated listeners at clubs, concerts and festivals all over the world, and his music has received significant airplay on radio, satellite, cable, and internet services. Artistically, he is ruggedly individual and strives for creating sounds that will engage listeners and connect with their own imaginations. While certainly not derivative, his music has been compared to that of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, and Joni Mitchell.

Erik has played throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe with a host of jazz artists including the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Nnenna Freelon, Ingrid Jensen, Milt Jackson, Eddie Daniels, Mulgrew Miller, Dave Pietro, Dick Oatts, Peter Eldridge, and others, and he toured with James Williams and in a trio with jazz greats Harold Mabern and Ed Thigpen. He spent some years in Nashville playing with "third coast" elite including Dave Matthews saxophonist Jeff Coffin, ex-Toto bassist and recording emperor Dave Hungate, and Phil Collins drummer Chester Thompson.

His 2009 CD “Red Skies” made it to #2 on the national Roots Music Report jazz airplay chart, and here's what some critics thought:

FOUR STARS, Bass Musician Magazine Worldwide Bass Review

FOUR STARS- “stellar”, Out Front Magazine

"Top 40 of 2009", Colorado Music Buzz

In addition to Red Skies, Erik can be heard on several Jazz Week “Top 20” recordings including Dana Landry’s Grammy-nominated Journey Home (Summit Records).