Eric Klaxton

Saturday - April, 23 @ 8:00pm

Eric Klaxton is a multi-instrumentalist and composer residing in the stretch of seacoast where New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts meet. Eric has become a recognizable figure in a broad and prolific community of musicians and artists. Working as a freelance saxophonist, pianist, and educator, he has played with and arranged for a substantial number of ensembles. When he isn’t performing or teaching, Klaxton is an active producer and studio engineer.

Eric is a founding member of The Soggy Po Boys, a group known for their personal and exciting presentation of the music of New Orleans. The Po Boys tour nationally and have 5 studio releases to date since 2012.

As a sideman, Eric can be found playing a variety of reeds in Sojoy (a chordless septet featuring the music of drummer and composer Jonny Peiffer) and OurBigBand (a collective large ensemble intent on debuting new works that support the evolution of the big band tradition). In recent years, Eric has performed with renowned musicians and composers including: Dave Douglas, Ben Allison, Matt Wilson, Frank Carlberg, Matt Ulery, and Curtis Hasselbring.

In addition to his work with collective ensembles, Eric writes and arranges original works for various groups of his own, imbued with traditions from jazz, rock, folk, and electronic music. His electroacoustic group Rhegos has a debut release planned for summer 2022.

Valuing his role as a music educator, Eric offers private lessons for saxophone, piano, composition, improvisation, and music production. He teaches and coaches ensembles at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, Concord Community Music School, and also keeps a busy private studio. Eric is available to lead workshops, coach ensembles, adjudicate middle and high school festivals, and give lectures.

Eric will complete his Masters Degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music from Longy School of Music in the spring of ‘22. Notably, Klaxton has studied saxophone with Noah Preminger and Bill McHenry, as well as composition with Ben Allison and Frank Carlberg. He earned his BA in Saxophone Performance at the University of New Hampshire where he had the opportunity to work with many inspiring musicians including Clark Terry, Frank Wess, Terell Stafford, Jimmy Heath, and Stjepko Gut.

Eric broadly enjoys the arts across the spectrum and continues to seek inspiration from the works of great philosophers, classical composers, modern authors, directors, and visual artists.

Upcoming Events

Bess Jacques & The Strays

Tuesday, September 27th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Tuesday, September 27th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Wednesday, September 28th

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Irish Session

Wednesday, September 28th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Javier Rosario Trio

Friday, September 30th

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Album Cover Project: Hunter Lefebvre & Friends

Friday, September 30th

10:00 PM - 11:45 PM


650A Congress Street, Portland ME

Mon: 5PM-11PM
Tues: 6PM-12AM
Wed: 5PM-12AM
Thurs: 5PM-12AM
Fri & Sat: 5PM-1AM
Sun: 4PM-10PM

Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.

We are a DONATION BASED venue. Please show your support to the musicians by donating to the basket by the stage. Because we don’t charge a cover and 100% of your donations go to the musicians we respectfully ask that each person make a ONE PURCHASE MINIMUM of food/beverage to help support the room. All seats are first come, first served (feel free to share a table). We do not take reservations.