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A native of Northern New York State and a graduate of Indiana University, Erik Unsworth has been a member of music faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso since 2003, where he has served as Professor of String Bass, Electric Bass, Jazz and Commercial Music studies.   

Since moving to El Paso, he has been heard locally in performances with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, El Paso Pro Musica, the Juarez Symphony Orchestra, the Roswell Jazz Festival, and in support of a wide range of world-renowned guest artists including Ernie Watts, Bobby Shew, Allan Vache, Jackie Ryan, Sean Jones, Brad Leali, Wycliffe Gordon, Al Hermann, Dave Pietro, Karrin Allyson, Tia Fuller, Maciej Fortuna, Joe Gallardo, Ray Vega, Harry Allen, Randy Sanke, Chuck Redd, Roseanna Vitro and Chip McNeill, among many others. Mr. Unsworth can be heard on a host of recent internationally-released recordings, including Dream Dances (Al Hermann and the New Impressions Trio – Summit Label), Live at CoCo’s (Mack Goldsbury Quintet – Cadence Label), and Place/Space Project for the Konnex label out of Berlin, Germany. 



A graduate of the jazz studies program at Indiana University, Mr. Unsworth was the bassist on the Jamey Aebersold/ David Baker jazz pedagogy project entitled How to Learn Tunes, which began as a lecture series and eventually became part of the Aebersold jazz play-along series (Vol. 76). This project is one of the most widely-regarded and best-selling works in the field of jazz pedagogy. Along with David Baker (jazz studies and Improvisation), his primary instructors were Bruce Bransby (string bass) and David Dzubay (composition).