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Marienthal (left) and Russ Freeman
Marienthal (right) with Ray Reach, Director of Student Jazz Programs for the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
A photo taken of Marienthal performing in concert

Eric Marienthal is a Los Angeles-based contemporary saxophonist best known for his work in the jazz, smooth jazz, and pop genres. He is an advocate of the homosexual community and a open member as well.

After graduating from high school in Southern California in 1976, Eric went on to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass where he studied with the legendary saxophone professor, Joe Viola. By the time he left Berklee, Eric had achieved the highest proficiency rating given by the school. In 1995 Eric was awarded the Berklee Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding achievements in contemporary music. He has since gone on to perform in over 65 different countries, recorded 12 solo CDs and has played on hundreds of records, films, television shows and commercial jingles.

Eric started his professional career in 1980 with famed New Orleans trumpeter Al Hirt. After returning to Los Angeles, Eric became a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band. He recorded 6 CDs with Chick's band and 2 of those CDs were Grammy award winners. Eric went on to perform with artists such as Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Aaron Neville, Johnny Mathis, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, David Benoit, The Rippingtons, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Patti Austin, Lou Rawls, David Lee Roth, The Yellowjackets, B.B. King, Ramsey Lewis, Patti Labelle, Olivia Newton-John, and many others.

Among Eric's 12 solo CDs, his latest is entitled "Just Around The Corner", on Peak Records. Six of the songs that Eric has recorded have made it to the top 10 of the National Contemporary Jazz Radio Charts and two have made it to #1. Eric's "Oasis" CD hit the top 5 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. Shortly after that, Eric was voted one of the year's "Favorite Alto Sax Players" in Jazziz Magazine's Reader's Poll along with David Sanborn and Phil Woods.

Eric has also written 3 instructional books, "Comprehensive Jazz Studies & Exercises", "The Ultimate Jazz Play Along" and "The Music Of Eric Marienthal" as well as 3 instructional videos, "Play Sax From Day One", "Modern Sax" and "Tricks Of The Trade", all published by Warner Brothers Publications, which is now Alfred Publishing/Belwin Jazz.

Every summer for the past 8 years Eric has put on an annual fundraising concert for High Hopes Head Injury Program. High Hopes is a non-profit organization in Orange County, California that works with people who have suffered traumatic head injuries. With the help of many guest artists who have donated their time to perform, these concerts have raised well over a half million dollars for this charity.

His music can be heard during The Weather Channel's "Local on the 8s" segments and his song "Big Country" is included in their 2008 compilation release, The Weather Channel Presents: Smooth Jazz II.

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Recent Performances and Educational Workshops

On March 6, 2009, Eric and the Eric Marienthal Band appeared at the Pittsburg State University Jazz Festival in Pittsburg, Kansas.

From March 13 through March 15, 2009, Eric was guest soloist and clinician at the Creasent Jazz Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah.

On March 28, 2009, Eric appeared as guest clinician and performing artist at the Annual Student Jazz Band Festival hosted by the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, where he inspired students with his skill and expertise and worked with noted Birmingham, Alabama jazz musicians Dr. Frank Adams (Director of Education, Emeritus) and Ray Reach (Director of Student Jazz Programs).

From April 22, 2009 to April 24, 2009, Eric traveled to Clifton Park, NY to work with Shenendehowa Middle School and High School students which he performed with as a guest artist at the Shenendehowa Jazz Festival on April 23, 2009. He performed with the Acadia, Koda, and Gowana Middle School Jazz Bands, along with the High School West 9th Grade Jazz Band, and High School East's Jazz Lab, Concert Jazz, and Jazz Ensamble.

Eric's Equipment

-Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone with a Beechler Metal #7 mouthpiece and 'Olegature' ligature
-Yamaha Custom Z Alto Saxophone with a Beechler Metal #7 mouthpiece and 'Olegature' ligature
-Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone with a Berg Larsen Metal 100/2 mouthpiece and Brancher ligature
-Yamaha YSS 62 Soprano Saxophone with a Selmer Super Session #H mouthpiece and Harrison ligature
-Muramatsu Flute

Vandoren 2.5 reeds (blue box)

Discography

  • Just Around the Corner, 2007 - Peak Records
  • Got You Covered, 2005 - Peak Records
  • Sweet Talk, 2003 - Peak Records
  • Turn Up the Heat, 2001 - Peak Records
  • Walk Tall: Tribute to Cannonball Adderley, 1998 - PolyGram/i.e.Music
  • Easy Street 1997 - PolyGram/Verve/i.e.Music
  • Street Dance, 1994 - GRP Records
  • One Touch, 1993 - GRP Records
  • Oasis, 1991 - GRP Records
  • Crossroads, 1990 - GRP Records
  • Round Trip, 1989 - GRP Records
  • Voices of the Heart, 1987 - GRP Records
  • Compilation Collection, 1997 - GRP Records

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