One of the greats in the world of jazz, saxophonist Eric Marienthal, will be featured with the SDSU Jazz Ensemble directed by Bill Yeager at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, in Smith Recital Hall. Tickets are available at www.sdsu.edu/musicdancetix.
Marienthal is a former member of Chick Corea’s Elektric Band, a group that recorded six albums, won two Grammys and traveled to every corner of the globe. After the Elektric Band's "Light Years" album was released, Marienthal was offered his first solo record contract with GRP records. Subsequently, he performed in more than 60 different countries, recording 10 solo albums and playing on hundreds of other records, films, television shows and commercial jingles.
String of hits
In 1991, Marienthal collaborated with Jeff Lorber and Russell Ferrante of the group Yellowjackets, to release his "Oasis" album. This collaboration produced one of Marienthal's most successful records which landed in the top five on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts.
Among the different bands where Marienthal plays lead alto sax, one of his favorites is the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, one of the most popular “big bands” in the world today.
Working with students
Besides playing with his own band and others, Marienthal continues to record and tour continuously. He also conducts master classes and performs with high school and college bands around the country.
"I love being able to work with students and help them improve,” he said. “There's no better feeling than to help a player achieve their goal.”