Drummer Eric Binder & his Organ Trio

03/27/2024 9:00 PM
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Drummer Eric Binder & his Organ Trio

Canopus artist Eric Binder is a world renowned drummer, educator, percussionist, composer, and author. This artist and New York State native, recognized for his unique approach to his instrument and its history, currently calls Chicago, Illinois, home. In terms of education, Binder presents a spectacular educational portfolio which began at the SUNY Schenectady County Community College where he earned an Associates Degree in Classical Music Performance. From there Binder attended the College of Saint Rose where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. As if that was not enough, this accomplished artist continued on to earn his Doctorate in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and, finally, he obtained his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Arts at Philadelphia.

As a performer, Dr. Binder had played and/or recorded with many marque artists such as Walter Smith III, Joel Frahm, Petros Klampanis, Christos Rafalides, Malcolm Cecil, Michael Davis, Larry Gray, Clint Holmes, to name a few. Dr. Binder also performs with his own quartet and/or trio and in July of 2020, the “Eric Binder Trio” (featuring Binder, Walter Smith III and, Petros Klampanis) released Hard Bop to critical acclaim.

Despite his impressive resume as a performer however, Dr. Binder’s musical skills go much further than the drum kit. In fact, Binder has performed as a classical percussionist in conjunction with wind and percussion ensembles as well as orchestras. Additionally, this uber-talented artist specializes in small group compositions and he has written works for solo piano, voice, big band, and many others. Indeed, in 2016 he was chosen as a finalist for the BMI Future Jazz Master’s composer competition. Binder is also an accomplished author who has published An Introduction to Bebop Drumming-A Concise Historical Overview and Practical Exercises, 10 Snare Drum Etudes for Improvisation-Rudimental Snare Drum Etudes Featuring Jazz Vocabulary, and, most recently, ¾ Rudimental Rundown. The publication entitled 10 Snare Drum Etudes for Improvisation was voted #3 in the 2020 Modern Drummer Magazine Readers’ Poll.

In addition to all the above, Dr. Binder currently serves on the faculty at Waubonsee Community College as the Jazz Director and at City Colleges of Chicago’s Harold Washington campus as a private lesson instructor.

Dr. Binder uses Canopus Drum sets, Craviotto snare drums, and, Istanbul Mehmet cymbals.

Set times 7:30pm & 9:00pm
Dinner & Show ~ $70 includes 3-course dinner.
VIP Dinner & Show ~ $90 includes dinner above and upgrade to stage-front seating.
General Admission ~ $15
(Beverages not included)

Dinner & Show fees include server gratuities.

Streaming on our YouTube channel: Chris' Jazz Cafe - YouTube

Canopus artist Eric Binder is a world renowned drummer, educator, percussionist, composer, and author. This artist and New York State native, recognized for his unique approach to his instrument and its history, currently calls Chicago, Illinois, home. In terms of education, Binder presents a spectacular educational portfolio which began at the SUNY Schenectady County Community College where he earned an Associates Degree in Classical Music Performance. From there Binder attended the College of Saint Rose where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. As if that was not enough, this accomplished artist continued on to earn his Doctorate in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and, finally, he obtained his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Arts at Philadelphia.

As a performer, Dr. Binder had played and/or recorded with many marque artists such as Walter Smith III, Joel Frahm, Petros Klampanis, Christos Rafalides, Malcolm Cecil, Michael Davis, Larry Gray, Clint Holmes, to name a few. Dr. Binder also performs with his own quartet and/or trio and in July of 2020, the “Eric Binder Trio” (featuring Binder, Walter Smith III and, Petros Klampanis) released Hard Bop to critical acclaim.

Despite his impressive resume as a performer however, Dr. Binder’s musical skills go much further than the drum kit. In fact, Binder has performed as a classical percussionist in conjunction with wind and percussion ensembles as well as orchestras. Additionally, this uber-talented artist specializes in small group compositions and he has written works for solo piano, voice, big band, and many others. Indeed, in 2016 he was chosen as a finalist for the BMI Future Jazz Master’s composer competition. Binder is also an accomplished author who has published An Introduction to Bebop Drumming-A Concise Historical Overview and Practical Exercises, 10 Snare Drum Etudes for Improvisation-Rudimental Snare Drum Etudes Featuring Jazz Vocabulary, and, most recently, ¾ Rudimental Rundown. The publication entitled 10 Snare Drum Etudes for Improvisation was voted #3 in the 2020 Modern Drummer Magazine Readers’ Poll.

In addition to all the above, Dr. Binder currently serves on the faculty at Waubonsee Community College as the Jazz Director and at City Colleges of Chicago’s Harold Washington campus as a private lesson instructor.

Dr. Binder uses Canopus Drum sets, Craviotto snare drums, and, Istanbul Mehmet cymbals.


Seating Info
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Premier Tables:
The best seats in the house positioned directly in front of the performance stage (marked dark blue on the seating map).

Standard Tables:
Clear and unobstructed views of stage (marked purple on the seating map). A few tables have a partially obstructed view (marked light blue on the seating map).

Cocktail & Bar Area:
Seating at high-top tables and at the bar area available on a first come, first seated basis (marked green on the seating map). Tables may be shared for sold out shows. Two TV monitors with live video feed of the performance are conveniently located above the bar and cocktail areas.

  • All ticket prices are per person.
  • Dinner menu available in all sections.
  • Your ticket is also your dining reservation.
  • Every ticket gets a seat in area purchased and tables are reserved based on the date when you made your reservation.
  • We will do our best to ensure that your entire group sits together, please let us know in the order notes if there are multiple ticket orders in your group.
  • For any special needs or accommodation requests, please call us at 215-568-3131.
  • Tickets are the same price whether purchased in person, over the phone or online.
  • No refunds, professional cameras or outside food and drink.
  • There is a limited amount of seating available for performances, if the show is sold out online, contact us at 215-568-3131 for seating availability.

Festival Seating:
Festival seating is our general admission ticket. The entire venue or a portion of the venue may be designated for festival admission. These tickets will guarantee you a seat for the show and you are free to sit anywhere in the venue based on a "first come, first seated" basis. This should also allow for larger groups to sit together.

  • All ticket prices are per person.
  • Dinner menu available in all sections.
  • Your ticket is also your dining reservation.
  • For any special needs or accommodation requests, please call us at 215-568-3131.
  • Tickets are the same price whether purchased in person, over the phone or online.
  • No refunds, professional cameras or outside food and drink.
  • There is a limited amount of seating available for performances, if the show is sold out online, contact us at 215-568-3131 for seating availability.