While he is no stranger to the Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek, it has been a while since Eric Williams performed on the stage at Marketplace Café.
After becoming a finalist in the International Blues Competition in Memphis, (piano, vocals, sax) in January, Eric was invited to join R.D.Olson in a performance at Marketplace Café and instantly captured the crowd.
By popular demand, in April, Eric will perform again at Marketplace Café on two Tuesdays, April 7 and April 28, from 6-9 p.m. each evening.
The musical background for Eric Williams spans a period of over 30 years, including professor of music at Yavapai College from 1998 - 2014 (teaching Music Appreciation), private music instructor from 1985 to present, and performing for audiences across the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico and the Caribbean.
He has an extensive repertoire in jazz, blues, rock, country and popular songs from the 1890's through today. His interpretations of popular musical works, in his own unique style, have audiences discovering new meanings and connections with the music. Eric's abilities encompass many instruments and styles.
He is an expert player of the piano, saxophone, guitar, harmonica, Dobro and many other instruments. Eric earned his Master of Music from Youngstown State University (Dana Conservatory of Music) in 1993.
His favorite performance pieces are from the American Songbook (Sinatra, Nat King Cole) Soul/R&B (Ray Charles) 50's Rock & Roll (Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis) Blues (Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson) Country (Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakum) Classical Piano (Bach, Beethoven) and Ragtime (Scott Joplin) ... definitely a wide variety!
Eric has produced three CDs and one DVD of his one-man show "Sedona is The Place to Be." He is an annual performer at the Sedona International Film Festival and the Sedona Arts Festival.
Eric William's says that his mission is "To teach and perform music, and to share the joy of music with the world."
The Marketplace Café is located in the Oak Creek Factory Outlets, 6645 Hwy 179; 928-284-5478.