After graduating high school in Southern California in 1976, Eric Marienthal started studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (Massachusetts) with the legendary saxophone professor, Joe Viola. By the time he left Berklee, Marienthal had achieved the highest proficiency rating given by the school. In 1995, he 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, recorded 14 solo CD's and has played on hundreds of records, films, television shows and commercial jingles.
Eric Marienthal started his professional career in 1980 with famed New Orleans trumpeter Al Hirt. After returning to Los Angeles, he became a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band. He recorded 6 CD's with Chick Corea band and won 2 Grammy Awards. Eric Marienthal went on to perform with artists such as 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 Rippingtons, The Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, Patti Austin, Lou Rawls, David Lee Roth, The Yellowjackets, B.B. King, Ramsey Louis, Patti Labelle, Olivia Newton-John, and many others.
Among Marienthal's 14 solo CD's, eight of the songs that he has recorded have made it to the top 10 of the National Contemporary Jazz Radio Charts and three have made it to #1. Eric Marienthal 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.
For the past 17 years Eric Marienthal has put on an annual fundraising concert for High Hopes, a non-profit organization in Orange County (California) which works with people who have suffered traumatic head injuries. These concerts to date have raise well over $1,500,000 for this charity.
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