Kinser Jazz Festival presents

Grammy Award winners Randy Brecker and Eric Marienthal with Kris Berg’s Metroplexity Big Band

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 7 p.m.Tickets are $25/adult, $15/student

Location: Wheeler Concert Hall on the Casper College campus

Randy Brecker is an east coast-based trumpeter who has recorded with artists such as: James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, and Frank Zappa. He has also played with Clark Terry’s Big Bad Band, the Horace Silver Quintet and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. He is perhaps best known for his solo work and collaborations with his late tenor saxophone playing brother Michael Brecker. The pair recorded six albums between 1975 and 1981 before embarking on individual solo careers. Ten years later, the Brecker Brothers reunited to record two albums and embark on a world tour. Brecker enjoys an extremely active performance career. No stranger to the recording studio, his discography list is sixteen pages long (and growing). Brecker is truly one of the most prolific jazz trumpeters of any era and we are very excited be hosting him this year. More information about him can be found at: https://randybrecker.com/.

Alto saxophonist Eric Marienthal will be enjoying his second visit to the Kinser Jazz Festival. Last appearing in 2014 with Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, we are pleased to have him join us again. Marienthal has performed in 75 different countries, recorded 14 solo albums, and played on hundreds of records, films, television shows, and commercial jingles. Marienthal began his career with New Orleans trumpeter Al Hirt’s band and shortly thereafter, joined Chick Corea’s Elektric Band. He has performed with Stevie Wonder, Lou Rawls, The Yellowjackets, Billy Joel, BB King, Patti Labelle, and many others. His latest album is a collaboration with Randy Brecker and is called “Double Dealin.” As an educator, Marienthal maintains an online saxophone studio through ArtistWorks. He has authored 3 instructional books and 3 instructional videos, all designed to help saxophonists start the instrument correctly and find new levels of enjoyment with music. Additionally, he works with High Hopes, a non-profit organization in Orange County, California to assist people who have suffered traumatic head injuries. With the help of many guest artists, concerts he has given through this organization have raised over two million dollars for this charity. More information about him can be found at: https://www.ericmarienthal.com/. 

Kris Berg and his Metroplexity Big Band are also no strangers to the Kinser Jazz Festival. Metroplexity first performed at this festival during our 50th anniversary celebration in 2017 and Berg has appeared several times as an adjudicator since then. In addition to being a nurturing educator and a tremendous bassist, Berg is also a prolific composer. Virtually all of the high school students performing at our festival have performed at least one of his works with their bands. It is always a treat to have him join the fun of the Kinser Jazz Festival. More information about him can be found at: http://www.krisbergjazz.com/

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