Faculty & Staff

Eric Hochberg

Ensemble Director: Jazz Ensemble

Merit Jazz Combo, Jazz Bass Class


Indiana University - School of Music

Northwestern University
Bachelor of Science

Tenure at Merit:

6 years, 5 months




Fans of the Chicago jazz scene may recognize Eric Hochberg. His group, The Eric Hochberg Trio, performs nightly at Catch 35 Chicago. He can also be seen at The Green Mill, Andy’s Jazz Club, Evanston Space, The Jazz Showcase, and Fitzgerald’s, among many others.

A mainstay of the Chicago music scene for more than 35 years, Mr. Hochberg has lent his bass work, both upright and electric, and an occasional trumpet, keyboard and vocal lick to a variety of projects across the jazz, folk, rock and blues genres. He has performed and/or recorded with numerous industry luminaries, including Pharoah Sanders, Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny, Barbra Streisand, Cassandra Wilson, Kurt Elling, and others.

A talented composer and producer, Mr. Hochberg has worked with legendary singer-songwriters and bands. He is a frequent guest clinician at music festivals and schools, including many focused on young musicians.

Mr. Hochberg teaches the Merit Jazz Ensemble, Merit Jazz Combo and theory group classes, along with private bass lessons. He maintains an active teaching studio where students of all levels learn the jazz language and apply it to their music. His teaching style is laid back and encouraging, with an eye to the practical to get the best performance from his students.

He holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University, minoring in music, and studied at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

For those who may have missed Mr. Hochberg’s live performances, he can be heard on more than 1,000 commercial jingle, television, and movie soundtrack recording sessions and 100 album projects.

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