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    The Newsletter of the Central Texas Jazz Society Spring 2013 Volume 6 Number 2

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    Marienthal Reprises Jazzfest

    Eric Marienthal

    Count 23

    The Temple College Jazz Fes-tival counts 23 this week, with saxophonist Eric Marienthal returning in the number 1 spot.

    The 23rd annual Jazz Festival starts on Thursday, April 4 and runs through Saturday April 6, with an encore performance in Georgetown on Sunday April 7. Marienthal is the guest artist with the Temple Jazz Orchestra di-rected by Tom Fairlie, performing Saturday night and reprising the concert the following afternoon in Georgetown.

    Trombonist Bob McChesney joins the Temple College Jazz Ensemble directed by Ben Irom on Friday night (April 5). Vocal-ist Calabria Foti sings Thursday night (April 4), with the Temple

    College Vocal Jazz Ensemble di-rected by Priscilla Q. Santana as the opening act. All concerts take place in the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center at Temple

    College.Marienthal is a long-time friend

    of TJO, having appeared twice before with the orchestra--first at the eighth Jazz Festival (1998) and more recently at the fourteenth festival (2004). Marienthal will give a clinic at noon Saturday (April 6).

    McChesney and Foti (who are also husband and wife) are new to the jazz festival. McChesney will give a clinic at noon on Fri-day (April 5); Foti will also give a clinic on Thursday (April 4). Fotis clinic will be Temple Col-leges Backstage Theatre, while McChesney and Marienthala clin-ics will be in the Performing Arts Center. For details on the three

    Ed Calle, Dave Wild at Waco Jazz Party

    Februarys third-annual CTJS Jazz Parties with featured guest Ed Calle were roaring successes, according to participants. The two concerts raised funds for CTJS scholarship programs in Waco and Temple, provided sup-port for live jazz performance in the area, and heightened aware-ness of CTJS and its mission.

    Saxophonist Calle spent a busy two days in the area. On Friday, February 1, he lectured at Temple College on Exploring Music Throught Mathematical Lenses, under the auspices of the Scott & White Humanities Series at Temple College. That night he performed at Wacos Hotel In-

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    Jazz Parties Swing Successfully

  • Meet the BoardLarry Simonette

    Dr. Benjamin IromJim Burns

    Bill BerningThomas FairlieBrent ColwellGreg Bashara

    David WildJohn R. Francis

    PresidentVice PresidentSecretaryTreasurerArtistic DirectorBoard of DirectorsBoard of DirectorsBoard of DirectorsLegal Advisor(Attorney at Law)

    Neal JakubowskyDr. Colin Mason

    Evan KlarasJohnny Walker

    Tim CatesAlex Parker

    Jon FoxByron Swann

    Gary Smith

    Board of DirectorsBoard of DirectorsBoard of DirectorsBoard of DirectorsBoard of DirectorsBoard of DirectorsBoard of DirectorsBoard of DirectorsBoard of Directors

    CenTex Jazz News is published quarterly by the Central Texas Jazz Society,

    PO Box 643, Temple TX 76503-0643. President: Larry Simonette

    Editor: David Wild

    For more information:www.centraltexasjazz.org www.wildmusic-jazz.com

    http://www.baylor.edu/music/jazz/ http://www.templejc.edu/dept/music/jazz.htm

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    Jon Fox Joins Board of Directors

    New CTJS Board Member Jon Fox

    Guitarist and educator Jon Fox has joined the CTJS Board of Directors. He will be a member of the Waco chapter.

    Originally from Detroit, MI, Jon has lived in Waco since 2005. He is a member of the commercial music faculty at McLennan Community College, where he teaches Improvisation, Commercial Music Theory and Combos as well as maintaining a full studio of private guitar students.

    Jon began playing guitar at the age of thirteen, and like most young guitar players was at the time only interested in playing rock-n-roll. He began performing and recording with various rock, country, and popular ensembles while still in high school. His formal study of jazz began when he enrolled at Wayne State University In Detroit. He received a BA in Jazz Studies at Wayne State, moving to the University of Colorado to complete a Masters of Music in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy.

    Jon has performed and recorded with jazz ensembles ranging from solo guitar to full jazz orchestra,

    including studio recordings, live performances and live radio broadcasts with jazz ensembles at the University of Colorado.

    He is an active performer in the Waco area both as a soloist and in various small groups. Jon was a member of the CTJS Septet which backed Ed Calle at the recent jazz party in Waco.

    Jon is excited to be a part of the CTJS. Jazz education, and arts education in general, is so very important in helping us find our place in the world, he says, in helping us obtain some

    broader, cultural context for our lives and provide a positive, creative outlet for our emotions and observa-tions of our surroundings. I am delighted and proud to be a part of anything that encourages, promotes or assists in the availability of the musical experience for students and the community.

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    Eric Marienthal...TCJF Guest Artists

    Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is a charismatic performer with an infec-tious sense of energy, adept in jazz genres from crossover to straight-ahead.

    Born in Sacramento California, Mari-enthal began playing saxophone in the fifth grade. After graduating from high school in southern California in 1976, Marienthal spent two years at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he studied with legend-ary saxophone teacher Joe Viola. In 1995, Eric was awarded the Berklee Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding achievements in contem-porary music.

    In 1980 Marienthal auditioned for famed New Orleans trumpeter Al Hirt. Hired for the gig, he moved to New Orleans and played with Hirt and his band for about a year. "We would play at Al's club in the French Quarter during the week and almost every weekend we'd travel to a different city to play", says Marienthal. "It was my first time seeing most of the country."

    When the Hirt gig ended Marienthal returned to L.A. and began the task of working his way into the city's competitive music scene.A spot opened up in the Disneyland Band, through which he met many of the studio musicians that he still works with today. But his first major break came not from the steady Disney-land gig but from a casual engagement at a North Hol-lywood club with bandleader John Novello. During that gig jazz pianist Chick Corea stopped by. Corea happened to be looking for a saxophonist to join his Elektric Band with bassist John Patitucci, drummer Dave Weckl, and guitarist Frank Gambale. Corea liked what he heard and the following day asked Marienthal to join the band.

    That edition of the Elektric band went on to record 6 albums, win 2 Grammys and travel to every corner of the globe. After the Elektric Band's "Light Years" CD was released, Eric was offered his first solo record contract with GRP records. "It was a dream come true for me". said Marienthal. "Playing with Chick and

    getting signed to my own deal, what more could I ask for." Corea produced Marienthal's first record, "Voices of The Heart"; fellow bandmember bassist John Patitucci produced his next 2 CD's, "Round Trip" and "Crossroads".

    Marienthal's berth in the Elektric band and his first CDs led to an active career in the recording studio. He subsequently played on over 50 GRP records alone, including records by Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, David Benoit, Don Grusin, Dave Weckl, John Patitucci, GRP All-Star Big Band and The Rippingtons. He simultaneously performed as a member of Lee Ritenour's band, David Benoit's band, Corea's Elektric band and his own band. Marienthal later recorded with and worked for Jeff Lorber, Rus-sell Ferrante, Lee Ritenour, and Russ Freeman. His most recent CD, his 3rd for Peak, is entitled "Got You Covered". It collects some of Eric's favorite tunes and was recorded live in the studio. It features Rus-sell Ferrante, Peter Erskine, Russ Freeman, Chick Corea, Dave Carpenter and Luis Conte.

    Marienthal is also the lead altoist with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, a Los Angeles-based group featuring the work of the Grammy-award win-ning composer and arranger. The band performs and travels regularly, uncommon for a modern jazz big band. Marienthal's concert with TJO will include sev-eral Phat Band charts. He has also has written three

    Eric Marienthal

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    Bob McChesney...TCJF Guest Artists

    Bob McChesney is both an internationally renowned trombonist, recognized for his emotional delivery and exceptional technique, and an authority on trombone pedagogy.

    Born in Baltimore, Maryland, McChesney began playing the trom-bone in the fourth grade as part of his public school music program. His family later moved to Roches-ter, NY, where he attended college as a business major. "I loved music but was uncom-mitted to it as a

    profession. At school I practiced constantly, played in the college jazz ensemble and extracted a lot of good knowledge from the music majors."

    As graduation neared, McChesney felt less and less willing to join the corporate world. "Immediately after graduation I began looking for a job with one of the road bands. I soon was on the Tommy Dorsey ghost band with Buddy Morrow leading. Six months later some of my friends from college convinced me to move out to Los Angeles with them and give it a shot."

    McChesney has worked in the highly competitive Los A


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