Jeff Erickson is a Senior Lecturer for the UW Colleges, where he has taught studio saxophone, jazz, music theory and aural skills courses for UW-Marathon County, UW-Marshfield, and UW-Online. He also teaches studio saxophone at UW-La Crosse. Prior to teaching in the UW system, he taught saxophone and jazz studies courses at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago.
Dr. Erickson is busy as a guest artist and clinician at jazz festivals and schools throughout Wisconsin. His performing experience includes appearances with such artists as Clark Terry, Kurt Elling, Wayne Newton, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Frankie Valli, Bernadette Peters and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. He has also performed professionally with symphony orchestras, touring Broadway shows and been featured on a number of recordings. While living in Chicago he led his own jazz quartet and performed in numerous big bands, including the Big Band of Chicago, Barrett Deems’ big band and the 911 Mambo Orchestra. He has also played with many salsa and merengue bands and served as the musical director for Martin Vicente’s nine-piece afro-salsa group Energia! From 2003-08 he was the lead alto saxophonist and director for The Wisconsin Jazz Orchestra. Currently, Erickson leads his own jazz quartet that performs throughout Wisconsin and is a member of the saxophone quartet Voyageur. He recently performed three of his own compositions at the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference.