Artist Recording Collective
Artist's BiographyErica Lindsay currently leads her own quartet and co-leads a quartet with pianist Sumi Tonooka. Her most recent recordings with these ensembles are, â€œInitiation,â€ featuring Bob Braye on drums and Rufus Reid on bass, and â€œYes â€“ Live at the Rosendale CafÃ©,â€ featuring Francesca Tanksley on piano. On her debut recording for Candid, Leonard Feather states, â€œErica Lindsay plays with such an emotional spontaneity that she is very much in the tradition of those jazz makers who were so evidently taking joy in surprising themselves each night, each song, each barâ€¦She has a distinctive clarity and fullness of sound as well as an acute sense of dynamics. Her compositions are also characterized by an invigorating clarity of form and direction.â€
Lindsay also currently performs with the Oliver Lake Big Band, the Baikida Carroll Quintet, the Howard Johnson Quintet, the Jeff Siegel Quartet and the San Francisco-based group, Trace Elements. Royal Stokes, writing for the Jazz Times has called her â€œa player of enormous gifts and a composer and arranger of striking originality.â€ Her recordings as a featured soloist include, â€œCloth,â€ with the Oliver Lake Big Band; â€œMagical Spacesâ€ and â€œLive in Europe,â€ with the Jeff Siegel Quartet, â€œMarionettes on a High Wireâ€ & â€œDoor of the Cage, â€œ with the Baikida Carroll Quintet and â€œParallel Universeâ€ with Trace Elements. Lindsay has two duo projects in the works; one with percussionist Ricky Carter (â€œSoulcatcherâ€) and the other with drummer Bob Braye (â€œOceansâ€). She is also a cofounder of the Artist Recording Collective and, the Fm Artist Coalition. She has recently been exploring orchestral possibilities incorporating her experience as a jazz improviser - composing pieces for the American Symphony and most recently, the American Composers Orchestra.
A San Francisco native, Lindsayâ€™s spent her early years in Europe where she studied with pianist Mal Waldron. After studying at Berklee College of Music she returned to Europe and started composing and performing with her own quintet, also doing performances with Frank Zappa, Art Blakeyâ€™s Jazz Messengers, as well as composing for ensembles such as the Unique Munich Saxophone Choir and the NDR Radio Big Band.
In the 1980â€™s Lindsay moved to New York City and began touring internationally with Melba Liston & Co. During this time she performed with many jazz legends; Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Al Grey, Clifford Jordon, Howard Johnson and Mc Coy Tyner, and also received her degree from New York University. She composed the book for two off-Broadway plays, Carl Hancock-Ruxâ€™s â€œSong of Sad Young Men,â€ and John Carterâ€™s â€œFeed the Beast,â€ writing for television (â€œTales from the Darksideâ€), performance art (â€œAsphalt Rhapsodyâ€) and modern dance. She is a featured artist in Sally Placksinâ€™s book, â€œAmerican Women in Jazz.â€ Lindsay currently resides in Rosendale, New York and is on faculty at Bard College.