Eric Marienthal – The Fusion Sax

In 1997, Eric was signed by legendary jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour to record for his new label, i.e. Music. Lee produced Eric’s “Easy Street” CD and the title track, which features Rick Braun on trumpet, made it to #2 on the National Contemporary Jazz Radio Charts.

Currently, Eric is signed to the Peak Records label, owned by Rippingtons founder Russ Freeman. “When Russ asked me to join the Rippingtons, he also offered me a deal with his label and I jumped at it. Playing with the Ripp’s has been incredibly fun for me and the band is awesome!” Eric’s first 2 recordings on Peak were “Turn Up The Heat” and “Sweet Talk”. The later of which featured the title track that was co-written by Eric’s 14 year old son, Robert. “Rob plays guitar and wrote this song which was originally more of a folk song. After I put my two cents in it turned into more of a smooth jazz tune and I don’t think Rob will ever forgive me!”

Eric’s next CD is his 3rd for Peak entitled “Got You Covered”. It’s an amazing collection of some of Eric’s favorite tunes and was recorded live in the studio. “Of all 10 of my records, this is my favorite. It features Russell Ferrante, Peter Erskine, Russ Freeman, Chick Corea, Dave Carpenter and Luis Conte. Most of the record was recorded live all together and all at the same time. It was so refreshing to record this way and the music sounds just like we played it.” The record has a very heartfelt, mostly acoustic sound and it’s one that Eric is obviously very proud of.

For the past 7 years Eric has been the musical director of an annual fundraising concert for High Hopes. 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 guest artists such as Lou Rawls, Patti Austin, David Benoit, Brian Culbertson, Rick Braun, Vesta Williams, Jeff Lorber, David Pack, Lee Ritenour and many more, these concerts to date have raise well over a half million dollars for this charity.

Among all the different bands that Eric has been a part of, one of his favorites is the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band. Gordon is a very prominent, Grammy winning composer in Los Angeles and the Big Phat Band is among the most popular Big Bands in the world today. Eric is the band’s lead alto sax player and obviously loves being there. “This is about the only band I’ve ever been in that has as much fun traveling together as we do playing together! The audiences always go completely crazy during our shows and they know most of the music we play.” The band is made up of some of L.A.’s top studio musicians. The Phat band’s 3rd record, “The Phat Pack” was recently released in June, 2006. According to Eric, it’s the best record Gordon’s ever made.

Eric Marienthal published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The PSI Theatre

The PSI Theatre is one of the best small performance theatre spaces in the area. It is on the Upper Level of the Durham Arts Council just beyond Semans Gallery. The PSI Theatre is perfect for a theatre performance, pageant, film showing, seminar, lecture, musical or dance performance or recital, or other business and community meetings.

The theatre features upholstered, raked theatre seating with capacity up to 200. Its flat Marley dance floor can be adapted for any use. Four dressing rooms (2 are included in the base rental) feature restrooms, showers, and dressing/make-up areas. The adjacent Duke Power Rehearsal Studio may be used as a Greenroom for an additional cost. The theatre’s Tech Booth has a 96 channel light board, 10 channel sound board and spotlight. DAC’s Theatre Operations Manager/Technical Director operates the theatre, and will assist clients in creating their lighting and sound plans.

This is a hot spot for everything called jazz.

PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, North Carolina 27701

Smooth Jazz And Videos – I Came to Play – the Science of Rhythm Guitar by Paul Jackson, Jr.

Learn some of the best-kept secrets of R&B rhythm guitar playing. Paul Jackson, Jr. brings over twenty years recording experience right to your home or studio. In this video you will learn the techniques needed for great rhythm, how to dissect a chord into simple parts, the concept of space, and what role “effects” play in a song. These are techniques that Paul has used on countless gold and multi platinum recordings.

This video is available at CDBaby.

Smooth Jazz And Books – Best of Grover Washington, Jr. (Saxophone)

Best of Grover Washington, Jr. (Saxophone). (Note-for-Note Saxophone Transcriptions). By Grover Washington, Jr.. For soprano saxophone solo, tenor saxophone solo and alto saxophone solo. Instrumental. Jazz and Smooth Jazz. Difficulty: medium-difficult to difficult. Saxophone solo songbook. Standard notation, chord names, legend, introductory text and black & white photos. 87 pages. Published by Cherry Lane Music (HL.2500429).

ISBN 1575604906. With standard notation, chord names, legend, introductory text and black & white photos. Jazz and Smooth Jazz. 9×12 inches.

One of the most successful saxophonists of all time, Grover Washington, Jr. began his professional life as a preteen and made and recorded beautiful music for over 30 years before his untimely passing in 1999. This folio features note-for-note sax transcriptions of 13 of his finest songs, including Just the Two of Us, Little Black Samba, Take Me There and more. Also includes a biography, great photos and a fingering guide.

Buy this book here.

Smooth Jazz And Internet – Smooth Jazz Network

Smooth Jazz Network is part of Broadcast Architecture. Broadcast Architecture, founded in 1988, provides research and consultation services to the radio, television, and entertainment industries. Their sole commitment is to deliver the highest quality intelligence available and to utilize that intelligence to maximize the success of our clients. By combining innovation and experience with revolutionary technology, Broadcast Architecture has established a new hallmark of uncompromising service and effectiveness.

Smooth Jazz Network offers Smooth Jazz Internet Radio and Smooth Jazz News at their website.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – The Bottom Line Bar & Grill


The Bottom Line Bar and Grill, formerly Hang Tyme Lounge, is all about enjoying yourself and letting loose. The bar featues special nights during the week to get customers excited, like all-day buffalo wing and beer specials during football season. Or if you feel like practicing for the next American Idol then Thursday is the night for you, as DJ Dave gets the bar singing with karaoke. Then on Friday it’s House Party night, where the music is loud, the lights are crazy and house music is in effect. But the real bottom line for this cozy bar and grille is the famous fried pork chops. You can’t leave without trying them.

For smooth jazz fans they present Jazzy Tuesdays, featuring Jaared and the JAT Band
Light Buffet w/ All Night Long Happy Hour
Happy Hour – ALL NIGHT LONG!
Hours: 4:00PM ~ CLOSE

Jaared’s sound is unmistakable and undeniable. A virtuoso musician and an incredibly exciting performer, his heartfelt instrumentation and vocals show a depth and musical understanding that go straight to the heart.

Bottom Line Bar & Grill, 9008 Old Branch Ave, Clinton, Maryland 20735