Mr. Eric Davis
Gretsch Distinguished Scholar of Guitar and Music Industry
B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music
M.M. The Juilliard School
About Mr. Davis
Hailed as “one of the best guitarists of his generation” after his European classical debut, guitarist Eric B. Davis is a versatile New York freelance musician active in most every genre from classical to commercial. Most recently the lead guitarist on Jagged Little Pill the musical, Eric has played on over 20 Broadway shows including Pulitzer-Prize winning Next to Normal, Matilda the Musical, and the acclaimed 2011 revival of Anything Goes. For nearly a decade, he has been Kristin Chenoweth’s touring guitarist in dozens of cities and venues which include The Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, and in 2021, The Metropolitan Opera House and “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” which aired on ABC and Disney+.
Eric’s ample performance credits include appearances with The New York Philharmonic, the Tony Awards, television performances on The View, The Today show, Steven Colbert, Morning Joe, and David Letterman. He has contributed to the Grammy-winning cast recording Jagged Little Pill, and Grammy-nominated recordings Next to Normal and Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s Some Lovers. Eric’s guitar stylings can be heard via Shutterstock, on jingles, film scores, and multiple other recordings. He has also published original compositions for Carl Fischer, Wingert-Jones, Tempo Press, and Grand Mesa Publications.
Eric is thrilled to be joining the faculty of the Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music at Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong campus focusing on guitar and the music industry. Since 2016, he has also served as an adjunct professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY, where he has designed new classes in creative techniques and modern band pedagogy.
Eric earned his Master’s degree from The Juilliard School in the first ever guitar class consisting of four guitarists, and a Bachelor’s degree from San Francisco Conservatory. He proudly performs on an Abreu classical guitar, a Les Paul, and a 1956 Gretsch Duo-Jet.
Last updated: 3/30/2022