Student 2020 Class > Eric Hitt
Bassist Eric Hitt brings a naturally vivacious and emphatic sound to the music he plays. Equally adept at the upright and electric bass, his unique voice has garnered him opportunities to work with jazz artists such as Brad Leali, Quincy Davis, Deborah Brown, Davy Mooney, Lisa Henry, Dave Meder, Tatiana Mayfield, Fredrick Sanders, Ashlin Parker, Philip Dizack, Nick Finzer, Andre Hayward and Ryan Kisor. His supportive bass lines coupled with his lyrical arco playing lend him to be a sought-after collaborator. He and legendary drummer Jeff Hamilton were described as “terrific together” on Christine Hitt’s (his musical mother) 2018 release, Magical Kite which also featured John Beasley. His musical scope stretches across many genres as he’s appeared on stage in a variety of other settings including with soul band The Burroughs and folk group Them Coulee Boys.
Hitt is currently at home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas, where he can be found performing frequently. His musical sensibilities have allowed him the opportunity to play and record across the United States at places like Capitol Records, the Blue Room, the Green Lady, the Black Dolphin, and Nocturne.
Hitt is the graduate teaching fellow for jazz bass at the world-renown University of North Texas (UNT), where he also directs the Four O’Clock Lab Band. In 2018-2019 he had the privilege of being the bassist and rhythm section leader for the seven-time GRAMMY-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band and performed concerts with with Melissa Aldana, Kirk Whalum, and Kenny Werner. He earned his B.M. in double bass performance from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (2017) and M.M. in jazz performance from UNT (2019), studying with Hans Sturm and Lynn Seaton. Hitt began his studies for a doctor of musical arts degree at UNT in the fall of 2019.”