Eric Spiegel (professional name of Eric Shaw) was a wonderful singer, pianist and teacher. He was best known in the seventies for his collaboration with female vocalist Wendy Simon, together known as “Tuxedo Junction” and later, “52nd Street”. Eric has also played with Philly Joe Jones, Slide Hampton and other well-known artists. Listen to some tunes with Erci, Wendy and friends on the “Scrapple to the Apple” album on the Phillyjazz.org Jukebox
Eric sang in an infectiously humorous style, favoring tunes from artists such as Tom Waits, Dave Frishberg and Mose Allison. A student of Dennis Sandole, he could play intensely modern harmonies in one chorus, and break into a Fats Waller-inspired stride groove the next.
A sensitive accompanist, Eric Shaw wass a favorite of many female vocalists including Suzanne Cloud, Anne Sciolla and Andrea Pincus. Eric mostly played the suburbs in his later days since as he said “the downtown clubs aren’t paying shit.” He could often be heard at The Roadhouse, on RT. 73 in Skippack, PA. (now defunct)