Marienthal will perform with the Tyler Junior College Jazz Ensembles in the annual East Texas Symphony Orchestra Jazz Spectacular set 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at Liberty Hall, 103 E. Erwin St.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students. The $50 VIP pass includes reserved seating and a post-concert event with Marienthal. Tickets are available online at and at the door before the concert.

After graduating from high school in Southern

California in 1976, Marienthal studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., with legendary saxophone professor Joe Viola.

By the time he left Berklee, he 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 more than 65 different countries, recorded 11 solo CDs and has played on hundreds of records, films, television shows and commercial jingles.

Marienthal started his professional career in 1980 with famed New Orleans trumpeter Al Hurt. After returning to Los Angeles he became a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band. He recorded six CDs with Corea’s band and two of those won Grammy Awards.

He has performed with Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Aaron Neville, Johnny Mathis, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, David Benoit, The Rippingtons, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Patti Austin, Lou Rawls, David Lee Roth, The Yellowjackets, B.B. King, Ramsey Louis, Patti Labelle, Olivia Newton-John.

“It is always a thrill for us to bring someone of Eric’s caliber to come and play with our student groups,” said Heather Mensch, TJC director of jazz studies.

“We will also be featuring two of our TJC faculty members, Dr. Steven Meier on saxophone and Mr. Micah Bell on trumpet, and special guest George Faber on piano. This is definitely a concert not to be missed.”

The concert is presented by the East Texas Symphony Orchestra with support from Women’s Symphony League of Tyler, Tyler Junior College and Holiday Inn Tyler on South Broadway.

Students in the TJC Jazz 1

Kyle Bennett, Tyler; Robin Bibeau, Whitehouse; Will Clontz, Tyler; Michael Donavin Craig, Midway; Ethan Day, Overton; Jonathan Dempsey, Tyler; Jonathan Gaspar, Tyler; Felipe Hernandez, Lufkin; Ben Jordan, Tyler; Forrest A. Morgan, Tyler; Daniel Palmer, Van; Luis Prieto, Tyler; Joseph Schmidt, Kilgore; Ridge Taylor, Canton; Nicholas Wilkerson, Canton; and Samuel A. Williamson, Tyler.

Students in TJC Jazz 2

Brittney Baxter, Jacksonville; Samuel Brinlee, Quitman; Dakota Brown, Marshall; Justin Bush, Whitehouse; Reagan Bush, Tyler; Matthew Coats, Atlanta; Jeremy Lane Dyess, Canton; Joseph A Garza, Tatum; David Gean, Palestine; Jared Hamilton, Arlington; Eric Harper, Lufkin; Otis D. Harris, Nolanville; Mallory Keetch, Mansfield; Corey McCowin, DeSoto; Raul Padilla, Dallas; Logan Pultz, Rhome; Tyler Rudolph, Kaufman; Byron Keith Williams, Mesquite; and David Winfield, Emory.

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