The Eric Mintel Quartet

The Eric Mintel Quartet

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Our music is lyrical, melodic and very energetic straight ahead jazz. Focusing on original music. Connecting with audiences of all ages.

Biography

"As long as the music attracts dedicated young musicians like Eric Mintel, jazz will continue to thrive and progress as a voice of freedom."
Dave Brubeck.

Pianist and composer Eric Mintel was born on October 8, 1967. As early as age three he could be found sitting at the piano creating his own melodies. Music, especially classical and jazz, was always part of the Mintel household. In 1982 when his piano teacher was trying to teach Eric the basics, Eric was already playing compositions like Blue Rondo a la Turk, Take Five and other demanding pieces. Eric graduated from Pennridge High School in Perkasie, PA in 1985.

In 1993 he formed the Eric Mintel Quartet and began touring the college and university circut. A composer of orchestral and choral music, Eric performs his composition "Millennium Suite" (for orchestra and jazz quartet) with various symphonies throughout the country incorporating jazz and classical music. The quartet's choral concerts feature the sacred choral music of Duke Ellington performed with various choirs throughout the country combining jazz and choral music.

In 1998 Eric performed at the White House for former President Bill Clinton. Eric has been interviewed and featured in Down Beat Jazz Magazine, in March 2000 and June 2004. In June 2005 Eric was the featured guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on NPR. Eric's show on Piano Jazz received rave reviews and was heard on over 200 radios staions in the Us and in Europe on European cable. Recently the quartet opened for Dave Brubeck at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA. In November 2005, Eric released a 3 CD Boxed set of his jazz on the QVC Television network. In June 2006, the Eric Mintel Quartet was invited to XM Satellite Radio's World Headquarters' in Washington, DC to perform in XM's State of the Art Live Performance Theater. The quartet's one hour show aired to the XM Nation on August 12, 2006 on Real Jazz XM 70.

Eric Mintel recently became a Yamaha Performing Artist and now endorses the Yamaha C7 Concert Grand and CP300 Keyboard.

With over ten concerts at the Kennedy Center and Eric's willingness to bring jazz to different regions this exciting performer continues to connect and communicate with audiences of all ages throughout the country and the world. Eric resides in Feasterville (Bucks County, PA) with his wife Darby and 6 year old daughter Tess.

Discography

Times Change 2007
Live @ XM 2006
Four on the Floor 2005
EMQ 3 CD Box Set 2005
Dynamo 2004
Hopscotch 2002
EMQ Live 2001
Silent Night 2000

Set List

Sets consist of original music I've written like:
Philadelphia Rush Hour
Rejoice
Homecoming
Four on the Floor
Hopscotch
After Hours
The Great Nelsondo
Mohnster.com
and many other originals

The music of Dave Brubeck:
Blue Rondo a la Turk
Take Five
Unisphere
Forty Days
Shilling
Three to Get Ready
Why Not?
In Your Own Sweet way
I Love Vienna
Koto Song
Elana Joy
Broadway Bossa Nova

Classic jazz standards like:
Out of Nowhere
These Foolish Things
What is This Thing Called Love
A Train
Caravan
Here's That Rainy Day
Body and Soul
Pennies From Heaven
Impressions
Mr. PC
Solar
I Love You
This Can't Be Love
The Masquerade is Over
Cherokee
I Got Rhythm
and many more