Assistant Professor of Music
Jazz Bass, Arranging, Jazz Composition
Described as “a top-notch acoustic bass performer” by Jazz Review.com, Erik Applegate has appeared with the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Nnenna Freelon, Milt Jackson, Mulgrew Miller, Eddie Daniels, George Garzone, Tom Harrell, Marlena Shaw, Bob Dorough, and others. He toured with James Williams and in a trio with Harold Mabern and Ed Thigpen, and has appeared throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Australia. He leads two bands of his own, A•S•K and Red Sylvester, and performs frequently as a sideman. His schedule and sound clips are available at www.erikapplegate.com.
His first CD, Red Skies, was released in 2009. He can also be heard on Dana Landry’s Grammy-nominated CD Journey Home, Don Aliquo’s Another Reply, and Ken and Harry Watters’ Brothers 3, all of which reached the top 30 on the Jazz Week U.S. airplay chart.
Applegate has written for jazz artists, university ensembles, and professional chamber groups. Recent premieres include a big band setting of ee cummings’ poem, In Just- Spring, Avatar (an electronic piece composed to choreography), and orchestral arrangements for Cajun-pop star Doug Kershaw’s live concert DVD, Classical Cajun Gumbo.
Applegate is active nationally as a clinician and he serves on the faculties of jazz camps in Oregon, Wyoming, and Colorado. He has presented sessions for MENC, IAJE, CMEA conferences and the International Jazz Composers Symposium.
Previously the Managing Producer of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival, he has held faculty positions at Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Adelaide, Australia, and taught at Western Kentucky University.