Eric Marienthal with the Pacific Lutheran University Jazz Ensemble
The 6th Annual Joyful Noise Jazz Concert features Eric Marienthal with the PLU Jazz Ensemble.
We are excited to announce saxophonist Eric Marienthal as our guest artist this year. Eric is a 2-time Grammy® Award winner and has been nominated 9 times. After graduating high school in Southern California in 1976, Eric went on to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. There 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 75 different countries, and has played on hundreds of records, films, television shows, and commercial jingles.
In the 1980s, Eric became a member of the famed Chick Corea Elektric Band. He recorded 6 CD’s with the band and won 2 GRAMMY Awards. Other artists Eric has performed with include Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Aaron Neville, Johnny Mathis, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, George Duke, David Benoit, The Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, Patti Austin, The Yellowjackets, B.B. King, Ramsey Louis, Patti Labelle, Olivia Newton-John, and many others. Among Eric’s 15 solo CDs, his latest is a collaboration with legendary trumpeter Randy Brecker entitled “Double Dealin’ on Shanachie Records. This album was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Eight of the songs that Eric has recorded have made it to the top 10 of the National Contemporary Jazz Radio Charts and three have made it to #1. Eric was voted as being one of the year’s “Favorite Alto Sax Players” in Jazziz Magazine’s Reader’s Poll along with David Sanborn and Phil Woods.
Tickets are available online ahead of the concert, or at the door. No refunds. Learn more at www.plu.edu/music.