AT AN EARLY AGE, ERIC SHIFRIN FELL IN LOVE WITH THE PIANO. THE CHEAP PARLOR TRICKS, BOOGIE WOOGIE, THE PRETTY STUFF TOO.
HIS MOTHER HELPED HIM TO LEARN TO READ MUSIC BY PLACING HIM ON HER LAP WITH HIS HANDS ON HER FINGERS AS SHE PLAYED THROUGH MANY CLASSICAL FAVORITES.
TRADITIONAL PIANO LESSONS FOLLOWED, AND BY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION SHIFRIN WAS DEEPLY INVOLVED IN MUSIC AND IMPROVISATION.
ALTO SAX BECAME THE INSTRUMENT OF CHOICE FOR SEVERAL YEARS, AND DOUBLING ON THE KEYS HELPED KEEP HIM IN DEMAND AS A SIDEMAN. AT THE SAME TIME, COMPOSING AND RECORDING BECAME A PERSONAL PASSION FOR HIM.
DURING AN EARLY STAY IN THE BAY AREA, SHIFRIN PICKED UP A FEW PIANO GIGS AND GRADUALLY DRIFTED BACK TO FULL TIME PIANIST, OCCASIONALLY BARKING OUT A VOCAL FOR FUN.
MOVING FIRST BACK TO LOS ANGELES, HE EVENTUALLY LANDED A GIG ON THE CRUISE SHIPS IN HAWAII. FOR SEVERAL YEARS HE SERVED AN APPRENTICESHIP THERE, BUFFING UP HIS REPERTOIRE AND HIS SOLO PERFORMANCE CHOPS.
SINCE RELOCATING BACK TO SAN FRANCISCO IN THE EARLY NINETIES, SHIFRIN HAS BEEN GIGGING NON-STOP. AT FIRST, HE BACKED VOCALISTS. LATER, HE BRANCHED OFF ON HIS OWN WITH HIS TRIO : ERIC & THE IN CROWD FEATURING HIS PIANO AND VOICE. THIS BAND PERFORMED HUNDREDS OF TIMES AT NEARLY EVERY VENUE IN THE CITY.
SHIFRIN HAS ALSO TRAVELED TO BRAZIL, SWITZERLAND AND JAPAN FOR PERFORMANCES.
FROM 1999 TILL 2013: HOUSE PIANIST AT LOCAL HISTORICAL LANDMARK:
THE FAIRMONT SAN FRANCISCO.
ERIC IS A COMPOSER, INSTRUCTOR AND INVENTOR IN ADDITION TO HIS FULL TIME PIANO DUTIES. A FANATIC FOR RECORDINGS AND SHEET MUSIC, HIS REPERTOIRE IS VAST AND STILL GROWING, AND HE IS ALWAYS HAPPY TO SHARE!
ERIC SHIFRIN is a musician: Piano stylist, vocalist, composer, instructor, and also plays the saxophone.
Has been giving private lessons since his college days, and gets a lot of joy from sharing his gigantic repertoire as well as his sometimes startling insights on music theory and piano playing.
Granted United States Patent No. US 7,435,886 B2 on October 14, 2008 for his invention: OCTABLOCKS, an innovative teaching tool with many applications.
Works extensively with Sibelius music notation software, and generates first rate manuscripts and lesson sheets.
LIVE PERFORMANCE and HIGHLIGHTS
Has performed constantly for over 20 years in the San Francisco Bay Area as a soloist, backing vocalists and leading his own band: Eric & The In Crowd.
2014 Played the role of ARNIE TOPPMAN (Cabaret Pianist) in Boxcar Theatre’s production of SPEAKEASY.
1999-2013 House pianist at World Famous Landmark Hotel: The Fairmont San Francisco
2007 was named ‘Best Saloon Pianist’ by SAN FRANCISCO MAGAZINE.
Appeared as a featured artist in tribute shows:
DUKE ELLINGTON, GEORGE GERSHWIN, RODGERS AND HART in Monterey and Mendocino
Fulfilled an extended six month engagement in Japan, @ THE CREST CLUB in GINZA. 2001-2002. JAZZ CRITIQUE MAGAZINE published an interview with him during his visit. Also met his wife during his stay in Tokyo!
Performed at the San Francisco Boogie-Woogie Summit (all 3 times!) with Bay Area greats:
Chris Siebert, Steve Lucky, Wendy DeWitt, Caroline Dahl and more.
Appeared several times on local TV broadcasts, including Eyewitness News.
Frequent guest on the KCSM Mal Sharpe radio show BACK ON BOURBON STREET, as well as playing in Mal’s band BIG MONEY IN JAZZ.
Invited to perform in Switzerland and Brazil, forming lifelong friendships.
1990-1993 Performed with orchestra and as piano soloist on AMERICAN HAWAII CRUISES.
1971-1975 Attended Santa Monica High School, graduated in 1975.
Studied music privately with Dr. Paul Rynearson.
1975-1977 Studied Music and General Education at Santa Monica College.
Studied privately with jazz master saxophonist: Warne Marsh
1977-1979 Studied Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Significant professors:
Dr. Josef Sekon, Randy Masters, David Cope, and Gordon Mumma. Awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors).
Eric Shifrin PHONE (650) 826-3327
ERIC HAS PLAYED AT:
(in no particular order)
HOUSE OF SHIELDS
DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL
PEBBLE BEACH RESORT
HARRY'S ON FILLMORE
THE UNIVERSITY CLUB
CREST CLUB (TOKYO)
REED & GREENOUGH
MR. TIPPLE'S RECORDING STUDIO
THE BIG 4
TOP OF THE MARK
THE HIGHBALL LOUNGE
THE BLACK CAT
THE STARLIGHT ROOM
THE VENETIAN ROOM
THE CARNELIAN ROOM
THE CROWN ROOM
JULIE'S SUPPER CLUB
HEART & SOUL
NICK'S @ ROCKAWAY
MAMA'S ROYAL CAFE
GOAT HILL PIZZA
"ONE OF THE GREAT SALOON PIANISTS" SAN FRANCISCO MAGAZINE
“…Magic in his fingers. He casts a spell when he plays.” www.coast news.com
"Goes down like warm sweet potato pie"
"Wistful piano twinklings" SF Weekly
"A true luxury" SF Examiner
"Good Time swinging music." Jazz Now