Eric Bibb’s Trans-Atlantic Roots

New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1960s is revered as the scene of progressive social interaction fueled by groundbreaking musical adaptation. Or was it the other way around? Regardless, Eric Bibb was there, whiling away his early teens sitting in on Sunday jams in Washington Square and cavorting with family friends such as Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan. Bibb’s earliest musical role models were closer to home, however: Father Leon Bibb is well known in folk music circles and uncle John Lewis, the pianist, was a founding member of the Modern Jazz Quartet.