Eric Doney began classical studies in first grade and gave his first public performance by the age of seven. In junior high school he began performing professionally at the many Pocono Mountain jazz clubs with local legends such as Al Cohn, Bill Goodwin, and Steve Gilmore. He earned a bachelor of music degree from Susquehanna University.
Doney’s first tour was with scat vocalist Jon Hendricks, with whom he recorded the Grammy-nominated album, Love. After moving to New York, Doney joined the David Johansen band on a two-year tour, opening for such groups as The Who, Blondie, Duran Duran, the Clash, and REO Speedwagon.
In 1983, Doney moved to Paris and toured with vocalist Kim Parker. Hired as a conductor for Connie Stevens, he relocated to Santa Monica, California. Soon Doney became musical director and pianist for all of Bob Hope’s television shows. Interfacing with numerous old school legends, Doney quickly gained a reputation as a consummate talent and a truly inspiring person to work with. In 1984 he performed at the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympics. He played with Les Brown’s Band of Renown for 5 years. For three years, he was musical director for Englebert Humperdink, touring more than 40 countries.
In 1993, Doney returned to the Poconos and formed PACIFIC STREET RECORDS. He produced 20 recordings for the label, recording such local jazz greats as Phil Woods, Bob Dorough, John Coates, Jr. and Scott Jarrett. Doney continued on as a solo artist for the next decade, writing and producing numerous records as well as touring internationally as an accompanist.
Doney’s latest and most promising situation is his collaboration with upstart record label, Minsi Ridge Records. Eric is not only a featured artist but serves the label as a mentor and creative consultant. Minsi Ridge is releasing two of Eric’s CD’s as part of their initial offerings – a solo piano album entitled “Being There Wasn’t There” and a duo album with violinist Zach Brock (Stanley Clarke) called “As If By Magic.”
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