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Eric Leeds

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Eric Leeds is an American jazz and funk musician who plays the saxophone and other woodwind and brass instruments. He is best known for his work with Prince.

His brother, Alan Leeds was the tour manager for Prince in the early 1980s and introduced his brother to Prince not long after the Purple Rain tour. Prince was impressed by Leeds’ talents and featured him in the band The Family in 1985. The band was short-lived, but Prince invited Leeds into The Revolution for his Parade tour. Leeds brought along long-time friend Matt Blistan, who was renamed Atlanta Bliss by Prince.

After the breakup of The Revolution, Prince retained Leeds and Bliss for his succeeding band and used their talents greatly over his next three albums. Bliss left the fold in 1989 but Leeds lent his talents to Madhouse and various Prince projects throughout the years.

In 1991, Leeds released a jazz album entitled Times Squared. The album consisted of several track from Prince’s vault with Leeds’ overdubbed horns. A second album, entitled Things Left Unsaid, was released in 1993 with one Prince contribution.

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  • Dadal1er

    Exclusive one-shot gig in Paris, on July 7th, at the Reservoir. Eric Leeds will be accompanied by the rad. band!

    16 May 2008 Reply
  • 2Serenity

    Eric Leeds played with Prince! Y'all stop SLEEPING on him!

    4 Apr 2008 Reply

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