Eric Thomas Felten, 18 September 1964, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Born into a highly musical family, among whom were several professional jazz musicians, a career in music was inevitable. Felten took up the trombone, studying from the age of nine with his grandfather, Lester Felten, who had played trombone in dance bands during the swing era. He earned a degree at Arizona State University, and another at Harvard, before starting work as a journalist in Washington, DC. This was in the summer of 1989 and, meanwhile, he eagerly pursued an alternative career as a jazz musician. He played in various bands in the Washington area before forming his own group at the beginning of 1991. In the course of the next two years, the International Trombone Association named him as Best New Jazz Trombonist and he released his first album for Soul Note Records, on which he was joined by Jimmy Knepper and Joshua Redman, having met the latter while both were students at Harvard. He...