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Marienthal, Eric

Marienthal, Eric, alto, tenor, sop sax, clarinet, flute, other winds; b. Sacramento, CA, 19 December 1957.

Marienthal first discovered jazz as a teenager growing up in southern California. His early influences as a musician came from the jazz tradition of Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Sonny Stitt; however, Marienthal has also studied the R&B masters. He was invited to join the California High School All-Star Jazz Band after coming to the attention of audiences as the featured soloist in the Southern California Jazz Ensemble. It was with the All-Star Jazz Band that Marienthal began sharing the concert stage with such greats as (saxophonist) Bill Evans, Chuck Mangione, and Hubert Laws. He then attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. Upon finishing his studies at Berklee, Marienthal returned to California. In 1986, he came to the attention of Chick Corea who was looking for talented young musicians to feature in his new Elektric Band. The Elektric Band was the springboard that put Marienthal into the limelight. When Corea formed the Elektdc Band II, Marienthal was the only original musician asked to stay. Subsequently, he has traveled the world over with David Benoit, Patti Austin, and Dave Grnsin, and has recorded with the likes of the Gap Band, the GRP All-Star Big Band, and Frank Sinatra, among many others. The Chick Corea Elektrik Band reunited for a recording in Sept 2003 and for a tour in the summer and fall of 2004.

Recordings:
Voices of the Heart (1988); Roundtrip (1989); Crossroads (1990); Oasis (1991); One Touch (1993); Street Dance (1994); Collection (9197); Easy Street (1997); Walk Tall (1998); Turn Up The Heat (2001); Sweet Talk (2004)

Radio broadcasts:
On 94.7 FM THE WAVE in CA he hosts a radio show called " Saturday Afternoon Live" where he has interviewed Rick Braun, Lee Ritenour, Dave Koz, Peter White, Russ Freeman, Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, David Benoit, Joyce Cooling, Steve Cole, Vesta Williams, Paul Taylor, Craig Chaquico, Mindi Abair, Wayman Tisdale, Warren Hill, Brenda Russell, Chris Botti, Euge Groove, and Phil Perry among many others. 

Videos:
Play Sax From Day One
Modern Sax
Tricks of the Trade
Also performance videos with Corea.

Bibliography:
Transcribed solos/leadsheets and CD:
The Music of Eric Marienthal
Instructional:
Ultimate Jazz Play-Along
Comprehensive Jazz Studies & Exercises

Contact information:
http://www.ericmarienthal.com

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