"One of the Top 100 Jazz Albums of 2002!" "As long as the music attracts dedicated young musicians like Eric Mintel, jazz will continue to thrive and progress as a voice of freedom". Dave Brubeck March 2002
A performance, by invitation from President Bill Clinton, at the White House, several performances at the Kennedy Center, collaborations with symphony orchestra and choral groups, performances in cultural centers, concert halls, providing clinics and outreach to elementary school students and educating the public on the importance of jazz in our society. These are just some of the accomplishments of pianist composer Eric Mintel and one of the finest straight ahead jazz groups in the country today, the Eric Mintel Quartet. 36 year old Eric Mintel has been hailed by the public for his exciting jazz performances, unconventional style of piano, his attention to melody in jazz and his use of classical elements within a performance.
Critics have also applauded Eric's fourth CD release titled Hopscotch by proclaiming, "This group connects with listeners and deserves wider recognition"(Karl Stark Philadelphia Inquirer 2002)"Mintel has a poet's gift, his compositions are highly enjoyable"(Lee Prosser Jazz Review.com)"Mintel's compositions are easy going but at the same time cerebral and always enjoyable"(Dave Nathan All About Jazz). Many jazz radio stations throughout the country have been playing "Hopscotch" to positive reaction by the listening public. A track from "Hopscotch", "Japanese Maple" made it onto the top 100 jazz tracks of 2002 at WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia, PA.
The Eric Mintel Quartet consists of Eric Mintel on piano, Neil Wetzel on sax, flute and clarinet, Dave Antonow on bass and Jeremy Berberian on drums. The Eric Mintel continues to tour and perform in the country's concert halls, cultural centers, jazz festivals and club circuit introducing various communities to their unique style of jazz. The quartet also collaborates with several symphony orchestra's in performance of Eric Mintel's jazz / classical composition titled "Millennium Suite" which combines jazz and classical elements. The group also collaborates with various choral groups throughout the country in performance combining original choral music with jazz by Eric Mintel.
The Eric Mintel Quartet are steadily on the rise as a voice for the new jazz age. They are constantly providing audiences with unforgettable performances. Eric Mintel lives in Bucks County, PA with his wife Darby and Daughter Tess. Bookings for the Eric Mintel Quartet can be made by calling 215-295-0320 or visiting www.EricMintelQuartet.com