Eddie Baccus Jr. began playing oboe in high school under the tutelage of John Zipay, then switched to sax after returning from vacation to find the student he loaned it to had broken the original instrument. After graduating from John Hay High School, he attended Berklee College of Music’s five-week summer program, during which he received a full scholarship. Baccus then went to New York, where he performed at the world-famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem and studied with acclaimed saxophonist Joe Lovano. Returning home, he volunteered for a year at the Cleveland School of the Arts. Played and recorded Moments Motice a group formed by Robert Hubbard Jr., Rodney Hubbard, Tony Pulizzi Jr. & Eddie Baccus Jr.
Baccus launched his professional career touring with a play called “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”, directed by David Payton, and touring with world-renowned trumpeter Lester Bowie. He then began his most renowned association with Pieces of a Dream, a 15 year stint that included Baccus recording on eight recordings. Over the years, he contributed numerous of his own compositions to these projects. After 15 years of recording and touring with famed urban jazz ensemble Pieces of a Dream from 1995 to 2010, saxophonist Eddie Baccus Jr. stepped out on a lush, soulful and funky Journey To Love, a song him and a fellow clevelander and songwriter Alvin Frazier wrote which Eddie exclaims Alvin made the cake and I put the icing on it! The Cleveland born and raised, Virginia based artist will be soon releasing the album whose title perfectly reflects Baccus’ life and career as he reflects on the last 20 years and looks forward to the future: Living The Dream.