ERIC WALENTOWICZ – (Saxophonist/Composer-Arranger/Educator/Woodwinds) has thirty-five years of performing experience as a musician having started playing professionally at age thirteen. A highly skilled, versatile, talented, and in-demand reedman, known for his improvised saxophone solo's and having performed with twenty plus groups annually at over seventy venues a year for over ten years. Originally from Detroit, MI, he won several scholarships to attend the famed Interlochen Arts summer programs in Interlochen, MI. He majored in Studio Music and Jazz on scholarship at the University of Miami and University of North Texas.
Eric has worked as a musician in New York City, Detroit, Miami, Dallas, the Caribbean, and the Capital District of NY. He has backed such artists as Johnny Mathis at the Palace Theatre in Albany, Laurel Masse (Manhattan Transfer) at The Egg in Albany, Skidmore "UpBeat on the Roof" Tang Museum Concert Series with Terry Gordon Quintet and Jill Hughes Group, the "Bridge Jazz Festival" at Troy Savings Music Hall with the "Tim Olsen-Eric Walentowicz Duo", the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival with "New Regime" and "Troika", performances at the "Pittsfield Ethnic Festival" and "Rock the Block Music Festival" with Bronte Roman Pop, Latin and Jazz Ensemble, over five hundred events for the New York Players Entertainment Group, The Dallas Jazz Orchestra, The One O’clock Jazz Lab Band at North Texas, The Platters and Jackie Mason at the Fontainebleau in Miami FL, Rick DellaRatta’s Jazz For Peace, the Schenectady Symphony, the Fox Theater Detroit Michigan, the Miami Symphony Orchestra (Rhapsody and Blue) and several Miami-based Latin bands specializing in Salsa, Merengue, and Cumbia styles. As a staff musician for Norwegian Cruise lines he backed Bobby Rydell, Fabian, Eddie Fisher, George Merritt and Ray Anthony.
Eric has also recorded on several CD’s which include his own groups: The New Regime, Eric Walentowicz Quartet (EW Quartet) and Troika as well as the Tim Olsen Band, Michael Dimin, Dave Calarco’s Jazz Conclave, Joe Barna, Jeff Gonzales Blues Band, Terry Gordon Quintet, XPO Studios and CYRAH.
Eric has studied saxophone/flute/clarinet and/or jazz improvisation privately with Ed Calle (Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Machine, Julio Iglesias), Rick Margitza (Miles Davis, Maria Schenider, Moutin Bros.), Gary Campbell (Fulbright Scholar at Florida International University, Co-Author of Patterns For Jazz/Expansions), Gary Keller (University of Miami, Sonny Stitt Transcriptions), Andy Middleton, Ted Nash (Wynton Marsalis) Bob Franceschini (Mike Stern), Dave Tofani (NYC Broadway Musician), George F. Benson (Detroit, MI), Tony DiMaria (Rochester Hills, MI), and Clemente Barone (Flutist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra).
Paul Effman Music Service, Albany, NY (2006-Present) – Instrumental Music Director for six schools offering group lessons and conducting twenty concerts annually.